Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mom's birthday and other stuff

Don't take it personally if I don't write a lot for the next little while -- I've got a lot of stuff going on.

This weekend is my mom's birthday. As disclosed previously, it's a round number, so it's pretty serious -- serious enough that I am flying home (or whatever) to Florida for her birthday party, instead of attending my friend's memorial.

It's also a serious enough birthday that I'm still completely stumped for a birthday gift.* And I'm pretty much running out of time. I'll probably have to wing it when I get home.

And no, I'm not getting her a picture of my brother.

On the phone, my brother suggested that maybe I should just go home and see if my mom is just happy enough with the fact that I bought a plane ticket. I wonder if the boy might have a good point. I mean, I live a thousand miles away; shouldn't my presence be enough?

Yeah, I didn't think so either.




*I did get her a funny birthday card. And a refrigerator magnet that says "A Mom is a friend who gets on your nerves more than most." Yeah, it's only sort-of funny. But in a way that she likes.

Mom, if you read this and it ruined your surprise, it serves you right.




6 comments:

Ryane said...

You know, I am struggling w/what to get my best friend for her 35th birthday, as well. And she sounds just like your mom: she has got to be the world's most difficult person to buy for...

How about perfume--would she enjoy a bottle of pure perfume? That is a beautiful gift. Or, how about clothing--a leather coat? A beautiful outfit?

These suggestions might just be making this harder for you. Sorry...I never can understand why buying gifts can be soo tedious at times.

Dara said...

She is really hard to shop for. I've thought about the perfume, but I've bought it for her in the past, and she just has so much of it. And, while I think she completely needs a leather jacket, she would think it's impractical for Florida. She's wrong, but . . .

An outfit isn't a bad idea, but our tastes are so different that she'd likely have to pick it out herself. Which might be what happens.

My grandparents presented an interesting idea, something out of her childhood. Each year, on her birthday, her grandfather had a tradition of giving her a crisp, new $1 bill for each year, tucked inside her birthday card. It became a family tradition, passed on to the later generations. So, I might do something cutesy like that.

Ryane said...

My grandfather used to do a similar thing for my grandmother--he would give her a brand new $2 bill, usually for each birthday and at Christmas. When I was a kid, I used to think that was the coolest thing ever...

Maybe you could try and find a dollar bill from the year she was born? I wonder how long it would take...??

Enuki Numina Mac said...

I think they just used seashells for currency back then.

How about a digital camera she can take on her cruises?

Dara said...

Enuki, that would be a great idea except that some random girl and her Peruvian husband got my dad a digital camera last year for Chrismanukah or his birthday -- or maybe both.

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