Thursday, February 14, 2013
DO OVER! Valentines
Joe and I are going to celebrate Valentines Day this year for the first time in the history of our 44 years together. Neither of us ever liked the holiday and it's always seemed very, very contrived and (forgive me) very, very heterosexual. So. We just opted out. For me, I found Valentines painful as a child. I remember making up a box to put on my desk, just like all the other kids, and I worked hard to decorate it nicely. Then at home, I'd make up some Valentines and sneak them in my box so that it wouldn't have that horrid hollow sound. Wasn't a popular youngster was Mr. Me. I always did get a few from the kids who had 'you have to give one to everyone' parents. Back in those days, I don't know if they do now, when you bought Valentines cards there were always the cards specifically made for the losers - Happy Valentines Classmate! I got those. Yeah. Great. So adulthood came along, Joe came along and we simply ditched the holiday and decided it was kind of nice to be kind of nice year round.
Having Ruby and Sadie in our lives, though, has changed things up. It's a horrible thing to push your past hurts into the present ... and allow them to tarnish the excitement of little girls who love chocolate, and hearts, and pink, pink, pink, pink, pink. So I found it odd to be looking around for Valentines things for the kids. I found it odder that I was enjoying it, imagining them being excited. We had Valentines cookies the last time they were here to visit and we sent a Valentines gift box for them to open. Both of us were loving being able to create fun memories for the kids. It was great.
It was like life just decided to give me a 'do-over' and man, if I get a 'do-over' I'm gonna 'do-over' good.
Joe and I just got back from the pharmacy, where we know the pharmacist by name (Hi Doris) and while he was getting a med review, I knew I'd have lots of time. I headed over to the Valentines section and found a garish sign of the word LOVE. I decided I wanted to have a picture of us with the sign that we could send to friends, and of course the kids, and that I could put up here. So here it is ...
You should have seen Joe's face when I gave it to him to put with the stuff we bought. Vitamins, Immodium and LOVE were packed in the bag and off we left.
Ruby and Sadie are wonderful girls, we may have sent them a Valentines package but they gave us back Valentines Day.
So we wish you a happy and HEARTY Valentines Day.
What the hell ... HAPPY DO OVER day!