My passion is writing romance. I grew up on boy meets girl stories. I watch romantic movies, read romance novels, and write happily ever after stories. For years, I’ve been a member of Romance Writers of America©. Most of my close friends read and/or write romance. Finally, and most important, I have been married to my own true hero for well over thirty years.
I should be able to come up with a unique and heartfelt way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day. What can I give him? And what will he give me?
As I ponder the questions, I don’t imagine that he’ll bring home a bouquet of long-stemmed roses. That’s okay. I carried white roses on my wedding day. In our years together, he’s brought home roses for birthdays and illnesses, for Valentine’s Day, and sometimes for nothing special. Nothing special flowers are best of all. There are times when a soul aches for roses, but not now.
With Valentine’s Day on a Monday, we have no plans for a dinner of prime rib and champagne in a candlelit restaurant. While the setting is romantic, it is winter, bitter cold, and we’ll both be tired from work. I’m thinking crock-pot soup, sandwiches, and a Netflix movie. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
We’re beyond buying silly ties and heart-patterned socks and pj’s. There was a time for that, true. But no more. Chocolate truffles and bon-bons are out, too. I’ve managed to lose over fifty pounds this past year. I feel better than I have in decades. I’d like to keep it off for me, and for him.
So what will I give him for Valentine’s Day? I believe I’ll tell him –
~ for all the compliments you’ve given me, deserved or not, boosting my fragile ego
~ for the three sons we created and raised together
~ for trudging off to work in frigid pre-dawn hours, day after day, year after year
~ for the thousands of conversations we’ve had and will keep having until we can no longer talk
~ for the many many adventures we’ve shared
~ for championing the good causes and being my hero
Yes, quite simply I’ll say…for all that and more, I love you. ∞