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Friday, February 22, 2008


Still Valentines After All These Years

Still Valentines After All These Years

Last week there was a lot of romance wafting through the air-probably had something to do with the fact that Valentine's Day had arrived. I'm sure it was happening in many households in and across America as well as around the world, but it was particularly thick in my neck of the woods.

Since my husband and I have just celebrated our 27th “hearts afire” together, I thought I would share how in tune we are with each other. We had even more loving feelings than usual since the birth of grandson #2. The norm for us is to exchange cards and have dinner out-just the two of us. Then we spend some quality romance time together.

This year-unbeknownst to the other, we would show just how very much we think alike. We both took a similar approach with much more sentimentality than we usually have in the past.

I decided on switching out the usual card for a coupon book filled with romantic gestures-I'll let your imaginations wander. After all, if I tell you, the intimacy and romance is completely lost. Then I went through my myriad of articles, columns, essays and made my love his own book of all the writings that were either about him or that he had inspired. We waited until I came home from "the day job" (he had the day off) and handed one another our "first" packet. He had made me some personalized coupons as well.

Imagine the look on our faces when we realized we had the same idea! I'm even smiling right now thinking about that. We went to dinner, ordered the same dish and then went back home to use the book he had created for me. My husband had also given me a single rose and scads of crosswords puzzles, which he knows I love to solve.

Oh, one more thing-he also gave me my very first little "blue box". Most women know what to expect when they see the well advertised color-a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's! Mine was no exception.

WOW! Inside my blue bag, was a 3 x 3 blue box. Inside it was a matching blue pouch. Inside the little blue sack? A sterling silver "heart within a heart" pendant and chain.

He must have known that he "had" me at the coupons and crosswords-so receiving the necklace was akin to seeing an extra piece of homemade dark chocolate truffle on my dessert plate.

Poor dear, he came down with a horrible cold a couple of days later. I’m hoping it leaves soon, then we can make some really good use of some of the coupons I made up for him.

In the meantime, I think I'll print this week's column out and add it to his book.

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