Last year my family moved to Toronto because my husband got a great new job up here. I was thrilled at the idea of living in a fun new city, that I had never even visited before. I even arranged for a limo for Toronto to pick us up and bring us to our new home. My kids however were less than enthused.
My youngest was heartbroken at having to leave all his friends behind in the town he grew up in. My older daughter was inconsolable. She was a junior in high school and had a serious boyfriend and I felt like the biggest monster in the world for tearing her away from all that. She put a brave face on and told me that she understood that we were doing what was best for our future but the mature way she handled it only made me feel worse. I decided I had to do something to cheer her up. It would obviously not make up for tearing her away from her old life but hopefully it would let her see that our life up here could be pretty great too.
I decided the best thing to do would be to surprise her with a junior prom she would never forget. I arranged for a limo to come and pick her up and when it got here, she would get the surprise of her life because her boyfriend from back home would be inside, with a dozen roses and a beautiful corsage. The would have free reign to do whatever they want, within reason of course, and would be able to come and go as they chose.
The big day arrived and she was absolutely shocked. I don’t know how we all managed to keep it a secret from her and she was a little angry that she ruined her makeup crying but I could tell she was truly touched. I love my kids and I love our new life here in Toronto.