I like celebrating life's landmark moments in little unexpected ways. (I always say life is in the details) While an atta-boy moment in life should be met with hoots and hollers, and big high fives, a fabulous and completely personalized lil' sumthin' sumthin' is like the icing on the cupcake to me.
Such was the moment we got to create last Thursday night.
My Rock n' Roll Buddy's youngest son began working for UPS right after high school. Now, if you know anything about UPS, it's a long road to get to becoming a driver for them. (No UPS driver pun intended)
Open spots for drivers don't come up often, and when they do, there is a rigorous process to be considered for a driver's spot.
My Rocker's boy in Brown had his name on the wait list for months, and finally, one day he got the call that he was waiting for, He was invited to start the process to become a driver. There were classes, and written tests to pass, followed by driving tests. More applicants fell off the list with each test, and he hung in there, until he had successfully completed them all.
Then he waited for route to open up.
Once it did, he began the final step; a probationary period of driving.(..including driving each day through our incredible snow storm here a couple of weeks ago!) Then this past Wednesday, after competing his long day on the road, his boss met with him. He shook his hand and gave him the news. After this week, he would be an official UPS driver.
And the youngest driver in the region, at that.
I coulnd't wait to surprise him with a little something to show him just what a big deal we thought it was, and how proud of him we were. I found the perfect (and hilarious) photo on Pinterest. (I love how you can search anything imaginable and there will be several photos pop up that fit your need! I am so happy to live in this age of technology, as I do not remember how I navigated through life before google and pinterest.)
I printed the picture and cut it out, then glued it on one of my dollar store stash of brown gift bags. (Brown bags and kraft paper are my signature wraps) I added the GO BROWN OR GO HOME tag that I printed as well.(A little more UPS humor there...)
Then, I printed the picture again for the top of a large postcard style card for my Rocker and I to write congratulatory notes to the Boy in Brown.
Unexpected, quick and easy, and oh, so much more fun that a typical gift bag.
And, an extra special way to let him know how proud of him we all are.