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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member, 333 posts) 30 Dec '06 18:43

i'm headed home after two years on the road. i was thinking of just walking in the door. butiknida want a big surprise for my parents.

anyone know any cool things to do??

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru, 1696 posts) 31 Dec '06 06:10

Great idea!

I surprised my mum when I came back from a year away last Xmas. She thought I was coming back a few days after Christmas, and I think was a bit sad that I was missing it. My brother arranged for her to pick him up from the train station on the 23rd, but instead of him, it was me coming back by train from the airport. I had worried about turning up in England and catching trains in winter, straight from India, with no warm clothes, but it turned out to be unseasonably warm so I was OK.

I think the best way you can do that kind of surprise is to get a family member, or friend who's good at secrets in on it, so they can help you arrange things.

Good Luck- and let us know what you decide to do!

3. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member, 497 posts) 31 Dec '06 15:19

Walk in butt-naked, now that would be a surprise!

4. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member, 270 posts) 1 Jan '07 22:05

The first time I came home from a trip overseas was in 2004. I told my parents the wrong date, as a 'suprise', but the whole thing completely failed, as my Dad expected me a few days later and was looking forward to pick me up, where he 'had let me go' the year before (I was 19 when I left).

I had a very emotional trip (I left my back then bf behind, now husband), basically was crying for 24hrs and was looking forward to seeing Mum and Dad.

My brother picked me up and we arrived about lunch time (when my Dad had his nap :(). I rang the doorbell and it took him ages to wake up and answer the door. He was still half asleep when he was finally downstairs, but the worst was: there was no smile on his face when he saw me(he was more in shock). He gave me a big hug and said 'Im' sorry, but right now I can't b excited'. It was bad...especially since my Dad is someone how is a very positive person (often too optimistic). Mum was at work (doing an 11hr shift). Dad rang her and then handed the phone over to me. She was totally confused and asked me from where I was ringing
When she realised that I was home already I only heard a big scream and lots of laughter
She was even allowed to leave work half an hour earlier, to see her little girl...;)

to cut it short: my experience was a pretty bad one, but I can imagine it turning out well. Nevertheless I will never do it again.

Things to consider: how old are your parents and how well are they healthwise (parents with heart problems etc.)? How emotional is the whole situation for you and them at the moment? (let's say you survived a bomb attack- stupid example, sorry- I would never do it, as everyone is emotionally messed up and not very stable)

maybe there are other ways to suprise them, but I thought (2yrs ago) that 'my idea' was a gd one...;)

why not do it this way: you tell your parents the wrong date, your brother tells them he wants to take them somewhere (but he's not telling) and they'll find out themselves eventually, meaning, they'll have time to adapt to the thought of you comin hom earlier...(as long as you arrive during the day)

was just a spontanous idea...

let me know when you've decided what to do

5. Posted by Behappy (Full Member, 50 posts) 2 Jan '07 01:28

take one guy and say he is your fiance!!

6. Posted by oslaue (Full Member, 571 posts) 2 Jan '07 03:18

Have a friend from the country that you are holidaying in and have him/her say that you died in a car crash!
Or got eaten by sharks! If sharks are there were you areā€¦

Then a few hours later walk in!

You will get the biggest greeting of your life I am sure! A long with the biggest beating of your life too!

sometimes surprising even your family can upset them! cos they want to prepare things for you!

7. Posted by oslaue (Full Member, 571 posts) 2 Jan '07 03:22

as well as all that, your dad will get so excited that he will have a heart attack and drop dead on the floor...

i dont think surprising is a good thing cos no one like surprises especially if there is a chance that it could end up going sour!

8. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member, 345 posts) 2 Jan '07 10:37

I think making up some excuse how you are being delayed and will not be home when you said would be a good start. Then just randomly show up at dinner.

9. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member, 142 posts) 2 Jan '07 10:46

That's a really nice idea Tyler, I hope it goes better than Kathi's!

What I would do - and make sure you withhold your number before phoning - is call them when you're about five minutes away just for your normal chat, say things are going well and you can't wait to see them and hope it'll be soon etc - and then once they hang the phone up (speaking to you will have put them in a good mood hopefully!) knock on their front door :)

So they think you're the other side of the world when in reality you're only a few minutes away :)

10. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member, 57 posts) 4 Jan '07 20:36

I just did this a few months ago... My dates kept changing, and we were getting.... pessimistic. i had a new niece to meet, and i was very anxious. so i did the reverse psychology-thing with murphy's law. when i found i actually got the training dates, i told her it was cancelled all together. only one friend knew i was coming, and she was sworn to secrecy.

i waited until she was just into her shift, and stopped by the emergency room where she works. i told the triage nurse to be nice and get her (easier said then done-there's bullet-proof glass for a reason). when she finally did come out, she was appropriately shocked, expletives included. she was very very happy to see me, and had no idea i was coming at all. when a co-worker asked how long i had been back in the country i said '3 weeks'. i thought her head would spin and complete the turn linda blair-style. i promptly clarified 'on the east coast-on the east coast in training!' whew, close one!