MOUNT PLEASANT — Paula Pauley got the birthday surprise of a lifetime on Sunday.
Little did Pauley know when she loaded into her husband’s Model-T that she was about to meet her very own flash mob.
When the two pulled into Mike and Angelo’s, 6214 Washington Ave., there was a big group of girls waiting for them.
Pauley’s first thought was “Why are all these kids here?” she said.
Then they started playing “Girl on Fire,” one of her favorite songs, and tears came to her eyes as she realized the 40-person flash mob was there for her.
“I was overwhelmed,” said Pauley. “Unbelievable.”
Being a part of a flash mob had been part of her bucket list, but her husband, Lance Pauley, is not good at keeping secrets, she said. She couldn’t believe he would be able to pull off a stunt such as this — a stunt that he had been planning for more than two months.
To plan such an event, Lance reached out to the company Book A Flash Mob. Before he knew it, he had his own choreographer, who hired dancers from area studios, including Mount Pleasant’s Dance Arts Center, 5331 Spring St. The girls from different cities learned the routines at their own studios, and on Sunday came together for the first time to perform the surprise dance.