Richard hits a major landmark birthday in April, which necessitates a very special gift from his beloved. I had planned to surprise him with tickets in his card for the upcoming Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of Driving Miss Daisy. It’s a good play, but the big appeal for him would be Michael Learned in the starring role. He has had a bit of a thing for her since she played Olivia Walton in The Waltons. However, she has now pulled out of the role for health reasons. Her replacement will be Karen Grassle, who played Caroline Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie . She has done a lot of stage work over the years and I’m sure that she’s a fine actress. But Richard loathed that TV series, and I can’t see him being too thrilled with seeing her on stage.
So, now what? Man, I hate it when I’ve thought of the perfect way to surprise and thrill someone, only to have it snatched away. It happened at Christmas when some CDs I ordered from England didn’t arrive, thanks to a total balls up on the part of the company from which I ordered them. I got them after from another source, and he was still thrilled, but it wasn’t the same as having them sitting under the tree for him on Christmas morning.
Oh well, I came up with a fairly inspired last minute idea at Christmas, and I’m sure that I’ll think of something else for his birthday. But it’s still a let down.