So yesterday was my dad's birthday.
And... for the guy who has such a quirky sense of humor... I figured it would be apropos and original to pull the following stunt:
I pilfered around in his opened mail, and found a birthday card from a good friend who always remembers everyone's birthday and sends cards a week in advance, then slapped a sticky note over their names and signed mine.
I displayed the card on his kitchen table yesterday morning... and thought, "He's gonna get a big laugh out of this one."
OH HOW WRONG I WAS.
In a flurry of activity and unusual amounts of busy-ness, I haven't had a lot of time to catch up with Big Tony lately, so when I finally chatted with him last night, it all came out...
Instead of the big hearty laugh I thought he'd enjoy over coffee, he apparently spent the entire day fuming, wondering why I would do something so "insulting" (yes, he used that word.)
OMG. Seriously? I then had to calm him down and dump a proverbial bucket full of cold water and rational facts:
"Pops, think about it. Why would I go out of my way to insult you?"
"If you thought I was trying to insult you, why did you stay mad all day before asking me about it?"
"Didn't I already give you your birthday gift last week?"
"You let yourself stay mad all day because I didn't go to a store and buy a brand new card?"
Reason won out over silliness, as usual.
But after the exhausting clearing up of this whole debacle, I thought, WHY DO MY BEST INTENTIONS TURN INTO DEBACLES??
I am never doing anything nice for anyone ever again.
OK, gotta get back to my online Christmas shopping.