From my Heart to Yours
Dale and I have been together a while, this will be our 30th Valentine’s Day together. I know, some of you believe that Valentine’s Day is just another manufactured holiday promoted by the greeting card, flower and candy companies to sell their products. Others, such as some of my links on Facebook say, “Bah-hum-bug. We don’t need a day to be told to celebrate our love.”
Growing up in the home city of Hallmark Cards, we might have been targeted for the advertising and hype earlier than others. Of course, we know not just one day of showing love and appreciation does a relationship make, but what’s the harm of celebrating a day of love? It’s better than celebrating a day of hate.
The truth is, we’ve always kind of had fun with Valentine’s Day. Part of it could also be that it is close to Dale’s birthday, so we both used to give –and get – presents.
There was the year I gave Dale the hokey little 70s era statue that had two people giving each other a kiss. The inscription: “Forever and Always,” a sign-off we still use to this day on cards to each other.
That same year, which might have been our first Valentine’s Day, Dale had a dozen red roses delivered to my high school. His aunt was the secretary and allowed the deliveryman to bring them to me in French class no less, now that’s saying “Je t’adore!” (I think I got that right, it’s been a long time since French class!)
Over the years, I’ve received flowers, jewelry, tapes and CDs, candy, perfume, clothes, and yes, always the Hallmark card.
Several of those things made it the move to The Little House. Dale still has that little statue packed in one of the boxes marked with his name that is now stored in our metal building.
I have the jewelry, CDs, and one special bottle of perfume (Cinnabar), but perhaps the Valentine’s Day gift that I treasure most, especially now, when most things in our lives must be functional due to the amount of space, is my heart shaped waffle maker.
That’s right; Dale violated the rule of no appliances early in our marriage and gave me a waffle maker that presses out heart shaped waffles.
It was ok because not only were the waffles the cutest, as well as good tasting, he made the waffles for me.
This year, as in the year I received it, Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, so I will once again look forward to my heart shaped waffles for Sunday brunch. We’ll eat our brunch, exchange those cards, snuggle in for some movies and enjoy another day of our marriage.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
What was the most memorable gift you have given or received on Valentine’s Day?