I think this will always be a very special holiday for me. I was one of five girls in our family and of course our younger and youngest in the family brother, Bill. Daddy loved Valentines Day. He would write poems for each of us...usually funny and corny, but very clever and tongue in cheek. Sometimes he would have written them on looseleaf paper. Every now and then we would get treated to construction paper and doily Valentines. I don't ever remember getting a store bought card from my Dad but I suppose in later years I must have. The ones that really have stayed in my mind are the ones he made. Along with the hand written poems and valentines would be a box of Whitman's Sampler candy. Most often the little small size, but every now and then he'd splurge and go big! It was always a very special evening full of love and laughter.
I've done my best to pass my Valentine fever on to my children. I hope they 'get' it. I know they are five of the best valentines in my life! Perhaps they will get some of their Grandfather and their Mother's love of the holiday. For them, I hope so!
My husband knows how much I love this day and usually surprises me with some thing to make me smile. One Valentines Day we actually just happened upon each other in the card aisle of the grocery store. It was without a doubt an 'accidental meeting'! So we each picked out the card we wanted to give each other and right there in the middle of the card aisle, exchanged, literally...valentines. I read his to me and he read mine to him. We then exchanged a kiss and put our cards back in their appointed slots. It was one of the most romantic and sweet memories I have! An unexpected love fest in the grocery...I'm hoping we meet there again sometime soon. Won't be this year as I'm babysitting an under the weather grandchild and won't be venturing far from the homefront.
But honey, sometime, somewhere, someone...might come up to you in a grocery card aisle near you and say, 'Smile you're my Valentine!'
Hope you all have a very memorable Valentines...just being loving and loved by those you care about...
Happy Valentines Day and of all days this is so very important...