Today was another (oddly) warm and beautiful day.  With a meeting all morning, I was fighting a headache and just happy to be with my sprouts.

As I stood on the playground, looking over the kids playing, suddenly a pile of leaves came over my head.

“Surprise!”

Brian, my little charmer, had taken a handful of dead leaves (from last fall no less) and threw them on me from behind.

Now you would think this would annoy me.  You might think I’d be mad.  I was neither.

I turned around to a smiling Brian who wrapped his arms around me and said, “I love you Mr. ______.”

“I love you too Brian,” I replied.

I needed that surprise.