Today is that overly-sweet, hearts-and-flowers, you-can-only-show-your-love-by-spending-oodles-of-money, “Hallmark Holiday” known as St. Valentine’s Day. In the 19 years we have been together, I can count on one hand the number of times that Jeanne has given me a gift for this occasion. I know she sent flowers one year, and a “candy bouquet” another. I think she gave me my favorite moisturizer one time, but if there were other gifts, I have forgotten them. And that is OK. I don’t need a gift to know she loves me. When I left for work this morning, she told me I looked pretty – that was gift enough for me!
We usually buy each other a card at least, although this year, we are trying to cut back on unnecessary expenses, so we are going to do what some friends do. Go to the card store, browse the racks of pink and red sentiments, choosing just the right one that expresses our love, show it to each other and say “Honey, this is what I want to say to you today.” We’ll put the cards back, walk out of the store, and congratulate each other on saving $5 on a card that would end up in the trash can in a week. And then go out for our annual tradition – Chinese food!
May you be surrounded by love today and always.