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Another Valentine’s Day came and went,

The only card I received was from my oldest, longest friend, Kit the Wit. Kit knows me well since we have been friends since childhood. Anyway, she knows I married a good kind generous loving man who does not believe in Valentine’s Day.

In our younger life together I put on a brave show of agreeing with Bill.

“It’s a Hallmark Holiday,” said we.

“It’s all commercialized.”

“Yup.”

And so the years went by. When hearing about our strange family custom, some friends sent cards and even candy but those acts of sympathy never lasted long. Only Kit the Wit persisted in remembering that her old friend always spent Valentine’s Day wishing for a surprise.

This Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021 came and went like all the others.

Until February 15, 2021 – the day after! Actually the night after.

It was already dark and a holiday (President’s Day) so we were not expecting any deliveries, but suddenly Elsa the Dog began frantic barking and the lights of a delivery truck lit up the house. It was a gift from our three grandgirls – a beautiful box of chocolates with fond wishes for our enjoyment.

How wonderful is that?

THANKYOU MY SWEET AND THOUGHTFUL GRANDDAUGHTERS FOR LITERALLY MAKING OUR DAY!

AND HAPPY BELATED VALENTINES TO YOU TOO!

We love you more than you will ever know!

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cropped-home-fires-burning-2.jpgIt’s Valentine’s Day!

Again.

Bill told me when we married he did not believe in Valentine’s Day.

Still, after so many years, I wake up hoping.

And on this day, once again, there is no card, no candy and no flowers.

Bill claims it is  a “Hallmark Holiday”, and also a Catholic holiday (Saint Valentine you know).

And he is not Catholic.

Please – no pity – I find other diversions when my friends tell me about their tokens of love on this special day.

I am very good at convincing myself that when Bill builds a warm cozy fire in our wood stove, it is a testament to his love and commitment.

Or when he puts all the dishes away before I can get to them, it is  better than flowers.

Or when he keeps asking how my BigFoot is doing and gently touches to see if it is still swollen, that is sweeter than candy.

And when he invites me out to dinner to a special place – even on this Catholic holiday – it is a finer tribute than a Hallmark card.

We are dining tonight with friends at Virginia’s  Natural Bridge Hotel Dining Room  where there is – guess what –

A Valentine’s Day Special!

I can’t wait to dress up tonight and wear my heart on my sleeve for my non-Catholic boy who doesn’t believe in Valentines Day.  A diamond would be nice though. Hmmmm!  I wonder if he thought of that.

natural-bridge-hotel

Natural Bridge Hotel Dining Room. Image from tripadvisor.com

Natural Bridge Hotel

A Storied Place. The Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel

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Upon my SoulMany of my newest blogger friends are asking if I received chocolate and flowers this Valentine’s Day.  By way of explanation, this is a re-write of a previous post from my first blog way back in 2012.  Nothing much has changed really.

I ALWAYS DREAD VALENTINE’S DAY!

Maybe nobody loves me!

Woe is me.  Even as a child, we would make or buy scads of little cards and give them to our favorite other kids in school.  In second grade, DeeDee, the most popular girl in class, got 28 cards!

I received 2!   And they were both from my mother, who signed them, “Guess Who?”

Later, Mom actually mailed cards to me that said, “I Love You! From A Secret Admirer.”  It took me a few years to figure out who was doing that but at least there were temporary thrills only to be dashed by eventual disillusion.

Then I met The Man I married (Bill), who immediately announced, “I do not believe in Valentine’s Day.”.

“First, he said, “it’s a Hallmark Holiday and also because Saint Valentine was a Catholic Saint, so it must be a Catholic holiday, and I am not Catholic”.

This was not alarming news. In fact, I discovered there is actually a Saint Valentine.  I also thought Bill was trying to be funny.  TeeHee.  And I laughed right along with him.

I suppose I was secure in the fact that at least he married me and I felt immune to disappointment.  But there was never a card or a note.  Over the years, the fact that we did not celebrate Valentine’s Day became a sort of family joke.

Our son came along and I wished to protect him from disappointments on Valentine’s Day, so I sent him cards that said “I Love You. From a Secret Admirer.”

His response?   He made a great little card for his Dad!

He grew up and had kids so I sent my grandgirls cards too that said “I Love You.  From a Secret Admirer.”  I wonder if they have figured that out yet.

Valentine’s Day is here once more and I am girded to withstand disappointment.

After all, I am old.  I am wise.  I am truly immune.  Who needs cards, flowers, and chocolates anyway?

But once again I have received 2 cards.  One is from my oldest friend in the world (longest lasting I mean – and not DeeDee), and the other is from some crazy wonderful friends who bring love and laughter to my life.  I consider these 2 cards with hearts on them to actually be sympathy cards.

On the bright side – each year Bill formally invites me on a date to a very fancy restaurant in our little town – for VALENTINE’S DAY!  Is he thinking of becoming Catholic?

P.S.  Here is my response to the wonderful friends who sent a real card!

A VALENTINE CARD – FOR ME?   

I am like the little wallflower girl who is positively giddy with delight at having been remembered on this very special day!
May this positively grand card put Bill to shame and may he cower in fear now that his wife is all puffed up with self importance.  Perhaps I can even convince him to convert to Catholocism (since he believes Valentine’s Day is a Catholic holiday).
Yes, love is in the air.   I love you both for taking pity on this poor neglected wretch and transforming her into a prima donna!
I shall go forth now with self confidence and self esteem.
THANK YOU!
And may your Valentine’s Day be filled with romance and wonder.    

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