To be the surprise guest at his dad's 70th birthday party last night.
John and his father haven't always had the best relationship - I never even met Tom until John and I'd been married a few years - but they're both working to make it better.
John called me last night to tell me how it went.
"It was a big group of about 20 people," he said, "So Dad didn't realize I was there 'til he went to shake my hand in the receiving line. He peered into my face, and then his voice cracked as he asked if it was really me. Then he went bright red, and gave me this big ol' bear hug.
"Jen," John said, "This trip was SO WORTH IT."
It made me sniffle, so I had to share. Safe travels home, Sweetie, and happy birthday, Tom!
Sent from the party: John with his dad, Tom, and his sister Anne Marie.