Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Monday
Dec122011

More Than Halfway To Dead

Planning a surprise 40th birthday party for Serge has taken up most of my brain space for the past two weeks. That's not to say I've only been planning the party for two weeks, but I had to really kick things up a notch this last little while and, man, it's been like a full-time job. Plotting to get Serge out of the house for three hours so that I could set up the party and welcome guests bordered on a military operation.

It worked. People traveled from Florida, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh - from all over! - to huddle closely with each other in our dining room while we waited to surprise Serge.

He was surprised! And this surprised me.

When you're planning a party and making up lies and excuses to someone to explain your strange actions you are certain that they must be aware that something is up. They may think you're having an affair and not planning a super cool surprise party for them but your guilt makes you certain they know some kind of shenanigans are underway. You worry that they realize you're planning a party and have decided to pretend like they don't know what's going on to make you feel better about the party you're planning. Which means the surprise is more about you and not the guest of honor. And yet, while I felt like the fact that I was planning a surprise party was as obvious as the zit that won't leave my chin, Serge suspected nothing.

Everyone should have a surprise party at least once in their life.

Now that the party is over I feel like I'll have hours and hours of free time on my hands. What will I do with myself now that I won't be making lists, counting guests, recounting guests, planning what foods to buy, looking into the cost of renting an extra cocktail table, talking myself out of renting a cocktail table, deciding a cocktail table is desperately needed, talking myself out of renting a cocktail table and shopping at Walmart for party supplies?

Serge's actual birthday is today. He's 40 years old. Which apparently means he's more than halfway to dead, as he said to me the other day: "There's no way I'm making 80-years-old so life is more than halfway over." What a ray of sunshine, no?

So yeah. I just wanted to tell the old boy happy birthday. I kind of like having him around. Especially because he gets up early with the kids every morning, embarks on various home improvement projects, takes the dogs out, drives the recycling to the place where you recycle (because that's how it's done in the country) and writes cool stuff.

He even chops down Christmas trees - RAAAWWR. He'll do.

Happy 40th, Serge!

Reader Comments (9)

Hapy 40th Serge.
Here's to the next 40!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA

Happy Birthday Serge! Keep on rockin' (and fishin', and just generally being a smartass) ...

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTapRoom

Happy Birthday Serge!! And Congrats Monica for pulling it off!!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

You are a good wife. I LOVE a good surprise party.

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichelle

Happy Birthday Serge! I bet you're gonna make 99 years old easly :) for sure. oh Monica my Charly is saying the same thing from time to time too :)

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranajo

And a nice arse, too! :)

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie May

You are an amazing person, Monica and the best wife that old boy could have. Glad to hear you pulled it off! Happy Birthday Serge and welcome to your... http://youtu.be/Z8XrsvbV90c

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergina

So glad she was able to pull it off and you were truly surprised! Happiest birthday Serge!

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermama

off topic because i can't leave a comment in the pertinent blog entry: please please post the links to your babble articles here! i always read what you write, and whilst your blog is part of my daily internet routine i sometimes forget to check on babble and their navigation system doesn't always make it easy to find your stuff. please post the links so i know when there's something new to click on. i don't know what's going on but i'm sending my best vibes your way.
oh, and happy birthday serge!

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranother monica

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