If you tell your kids’ grandparents that you’re coming to visit, they’ll start preparing almost immediately. There are few joys quite as pure as spending time with the grandkids, and by nature, grams and gramps can go a little overboard when it comes to spoiling their family’s newest generation. By warning them of your imminent arrival, you’re setting yourself up for a home-cooked meal and a pile of little gifts that somehow look like they came from the 1950s – but if you show up unexpectedly, sometimes the rewards are even greater.
Erica Lusher and her son live roughly 800 miles away from her parents, and due to the pandemic, it’s been over a year since they’ve seen each other. A year in grandson time is an eternity – it’s a well-documented phenomenon that kids grow up seemingly overnight, so the time apart was challenging for the doting grandparents.
Since Erica and her parents were recently vaccinated, a desperately-needed reunion was finally within reach. Rather than letting her parents know, however, Erica and her son devised an adorable plan. They packed up and made their way to Port Orange, Florida, where the unsuspecting grandparents lived.
Rather than surprising them at their house, this planner extraordinaire found out where her parents were having lunch and casually bumped into her mom 800 miles away from home.
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“Hi Memaw,” Erica says calmly as her mom’s eyes widen with both shock and loving recognition. Stunned, she holds her hand over her mouth as Erica and her son approach their next target – grandpa.
The moment Erica’s dad spots his grandson, his eyes fill with tears. Erica’s son runs towards his grandpa with open arms, thrilled the moment he’d been waiting for had finally arrived. The pair embraces tearfully, as grandpa chokes out a quiet “hey buddy.”
For a moment Erica’s dad holds his grandson at arm’s length, registering just how much the little boy grew since the last time he held him in his arms. And in part, perhaps, making sure the whole thing wasn’t a cruel dream. Before long, he pulls his grandson back in for another emotional embrace.
A year without hugging our loved ones has been difficult for so many of us, but the process of making up for lost time is the sweetest possible reward.