This year for Christmas I am fully expecting my oldest son to be disappointed. The reason being that he will be getting no fun stuff for the holidays. We need to outfit this baby bird for leaving the nest soon and that means getting things like bedding for a dorm room, a plastic trash can, a cheap full-length mirror, a year supply of Ramen, possibly a laptop, and his own luggage.
I recently found a good deal on some Samsonite luggage, so I bought him two suitcases online. When the packages arrived outside my door I wondered where I could hide such big boxes until December 25th. I decided to shelf them in the garage and hoped that all the other clutter would camouflage the existence of my practical surprise. I tried turning the box so that the word 'Samsonite' would not be so obvious. Unfortunately the advertising appears on more than one side of the box. I knew that my oldest would be none the wiser. However, my second child has super observation powers, and I mentioned to my husband that it would probably take less than 3 hours before he would start questioning us. I think I was pretty much dead on. Middle Boy asked my husband in the car "what does Samsonite stand for?" My husband said "I'm pretty sure that's something your mother wants to be kept a secret- but I am also sure it won't take you long to figure it out..." The challenge was on.
A few days later my sweetheart and I had a small getaway opportunity thanks to a visiting sister. We had to get our luggage out from under the stairs. As soon as the brand on our luggage was noticed by our 2nd son we heard him moan "So that's what's in the boxes! I was hoping for something more fun than that!" Sorry to disappoint. Also sorry to say that they are not for him. This time the word Samsonite was brought up again in the company of my 12 yr old boy (Little Boy). He walked in totally unaware (as is his norm) and spoke up with the statement "Isn't Samsonite the thing that weakens Superman?" We all had a good laugh at that one.
Big Boy is still clueless about what is inside those mystery boxes in plain sight. Let's hope it stays that way for a bit longer. If only my nemesis can keep his big mouth shut.