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Some gifts stay sweet long after Valentine’s Day

Updated: March 19, 2013 6:43AM



Not everyone got what he or she hoped for on Valentine’s Day. Maybe they wanted Godiva and got Hershey. Maybe they hoped for red roses and got supermarket carnations. Maybe they didn’t get anything.

But I’m pretty sure Diane and Kathy had a great day and night!

DIANE: We’ll be married 35 years in May, together almost 40 years. We have enough years together to have received everything from nothing one year to two nice rings in another year.

But my favorite Valentine came after a few hours of wondering where the heck my honey was, let alone where was my Valentine’s Day gift.

Later than I was happy about, a tipsy honey came through the door, all smiles, holding the “hand” of a four-foot-tall Garfield balloon bouncing on crepe paper legs. Garfield held a big heart stating, “YOU KNOW YOU LOVE ME”.

I laughed my butt off. Garfield stayed bouncing around the house almost two years.

Last year my honey was just plain beat from work and hit the recliner pretty hard. I went to do my grocery shopping and couldn’t help seeing a bouquet I thought was beautiful, but it was way more than I would spend on myself.

Then a thought struck. I bought the bouquet and a nice Valentine’s Day card.

Once I got home, I put the card in front of honey and told him to sign it. Having just awakened from a nap, plus having gotten used to signing random holiday and birthday cards on request over the years, he did so.

Then I gave him a hug and told him thank you, that I knew he was tired and would feel bad about not giving me a gift, so I picked it up for him since I was out anyway.

Of course I raved about how perfect the card was and how beautiful the bouquet was and complimented him on his perfect taste. He seemed to think the whole thing was riotously funny.

The point is, people, that it’s one day, and the gift of love isn’t necessarily wrapped, bow and all, for you. If you want a special Valentine’s Day, make it special by deciding your honey, forgetful and confused as he may be, is probably at least trying to be a gift to you.

KATHY: My husband and I have been married for 24 years and together over 30 years. Since I’m not really a candy or jewelry person, and I’ve never wanted him to buy overpriced flowers, we share a heart-shaped pizza every year on Valentine’s Day.

Years ago we found a place near our home that made them and the tradition was born. There were times when it was a little challenging to get there, but we’ve never missed a year. I cannot imagine anything better than sharing the evening and the pizza with the man I love.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Send your tale to cheryl lavinrapp@gmail.com.



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