With less than a month until Valentine's Day, I couldn't resist painting this sweet little guy, holding his message of love....
Valentine's Day has become kind of a big deal around here, where weather and funds permitting, the gifts sometimes go over the top.
It all started many years ago, early in our marriage when John (who is British) railed against the "stupid American holiday invented by the greeting card companies"...(nevermind the actual origins of the day are in fact British, we won't go there)....But suffice to say he was not on board with the whole candy and flowers thing.
My response was to arrange a mid-day workplace delivery of enough pink and red helium balloons to completely fill his office. Said balloons were tied to a coffee mug lettered "What a Guy", which was filled with Hershey's kisses and accompanied by a Valentine saying simply "Happy stupid American holiday". ;)
I've received a gift to mark the day every year since, hehe.
My gifts to him over the years have varied - from the risque to the ridiculous; the after dinner at a nice restaurant presentation of a gift bag, filled with chocolate body paints and brushes, and a note declaring "dessert's on me".....to very elaborately decorated valentines (we're talking HUGE valentines here - lace, feathers, sequins, glitter, perfume, the works) delivered every day for a week to his office....
And his gifts to me have been quite thoughtful; a romantic dinner out, an anthology of classic love letters, etc...
But last year's gift will be hard to top; the literal repair of a broken heart. February 2008 found me in the hospital's cardiac waiting room, and John in an operating room, as a surgeon repaired his damaged mitral valve. A successful outcome that day (actually a couple of days after Valentine's Day) was the absolute best gift I ever have, or ever will receive.
No clue what this year's celebration will be, but I suppose it's time to give it some thought.
(And if you have any ideas I'd love to hear them, hehe!)