The shopping days before Christmas were swiftly dwindling down when I finally cornered daughter to determine what Santa could bring her this year (yeah, I said "Santa" which of course incited the 18 year old to perform a lengthy and rather dramatic eye roll).
Since I caught her in pre-date preparation mode, I had to transcribe as she hurried up and down the hall -- from her boyfriend waiting patiently in the front foyer to the bathroom where she was making last-nanosecond touches to her hair. She obliged me by quickly rambling off a slew of great ideas, then as they flew out the front door she mentioned one last item:
"Oh, and if you ever come across this certain Fall Out Boy CD, get it as it's old and hard to find..." so I scribbled down the title at the end of her now lengthy Christmas Wish List.
I doubted I would find it locally, so the next day I had a brainstorm; check eBay and see if I could find that CD. I really wanted to get it for her since we went to their concert in Minneapolis together in the summer... yeah, even though I'm old enough to be their mother, I love them too.
Lo and behold, (and Holy Crap!) I found it! But, boo... they only shipped to the US of A. So I wrote the seller and he agreed to ship to Canada. Yay! I couldn't believe it! I was going to be such a hero. Miraculously, it was in my hands just five days later. I was so excited.
Hee Hee Hee!
I started planning The Big Reveal. I wrapped it in plain green paper so I could hide it in the tree, keeping it as a final OMG! gift after all the other prezzies were opened.
Hee Hee Hee!
I was giddy for Christmas to get here! I just couldn't wait for the squeals of delight from my teenager and the inevitable "OMG!! How did you DO this! You are amazing!" that would surely come from her lips once she realized what she was holding. And I was going to reply "Because I am MAGIC!"
Oh yes I was.
So Christmas Eve arrived, and while she was out with friends at a late night party, I arranged the gifts under the tree and carefully inserted the green-wrapped CD in the upper branches. Hidden perfectly! Awesome!!!!
Hee Hee Hee!
I was just getting ready for bed when she came home from the party. Before she even hung up her coat or shook off her boots, she excitedly blurted out:
"Oh my god.... guess what my boyfriend got me for Christmas! That Fall Out Boy CD! Isn't that AWESOME?"
My ears burned as my heart crashed.....
Crap, crap, crap!!!!!
"Oh yeah, awesome..." I quietly murmured as I pulled her CD from the branches of our tree.
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