So, it didn't go as I'd planned. Donn and Briana were both going to be out of town that weekend and I had a frequent flier mile certificate. I thought it would be fun to go to a football game with Michael and spend some time with him. I hadn't seen Michael's new house, and I hadn't seen him for about three months. I missed him. My expectation was for him to stand up and give me a big hug. I stopped at the grocery store prior to going to his house and picked up some beer and chips and salsa — hoping that would take the "edge" off if he felt uncomfortable. The hard part for me was seeing Michael not jumping up and saying, "Hi mom"! He was in complete shock and didn't speak for about 20 minutes. He just said, "You should have called first." I said, "Then it wouldn't have been a surprise."
After we got through the initial shock, his girlfriend Lauren came up to me. She told me what an amazing job I had done raising Michael and what a great guy he is. I started crying because that is all a mother really wants to hear. That we've done a good job!
It all worked out eventually, and the rest of the trip was great! He invited me to go to the football game with him, and he even asked me to stand on the bleachers with him and his fraternity friends. Everyone was yelling at him "Hey Mike ... is that your mom?" He said yes and they thought it was so cool that I surprised him. And I did my first keg stand. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.