Earlier this week my co-workers and wife conspired to have a baby shower for the pending delivery of our bouncing bundle of joy, Salvatore James Constantino (TJ for short) who’s due to arrive in a few short weeks.
The shower occurred at my work.
Hopefully, you can see from my expressions in the first three photos that I had completely bought their bogus cover story that I was to be attending a “budget meeting.”
This is why they don’t throw baby showers for guys, I was prepared to discuss year-to-date budget variances not sample tasty homemade hors d’oeuvres and open sundry baby accessories.
I was completely taken by surprise – and a bit overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of my colleagues.
It’s so easy to get locked into the day-to-day grind of the workplace that it’s sometimes easy to forget that this organization we work for is actually a collection of real people, with real emotions.
It meant a lot, since my wife and I are transplants to Maryland with no relatives in the area.
We always hear the cliche that, “It’s not personal – it’s just business” but this mini-moment for my family was a poignant reminder that sometimes it IS personal and not just a business.
My deepest and humblest thanks to these friends for a thoughtful gesture that took me by surprise – both literally and figuratively.
Question: When was the last time you were genuinely surprised by your friends and/or family?