Filed under: Holidays on the Road
Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day? by Debbie Block
Randy and I don’t do anything special for this day because we like to think we show love throughout the year and we don’t need a particular commercial day to celebrate our love for each other and for others. But I have to tell you if I’m at all honest that when Randy skipped this day the first year after we were married, I didn’t think it was cool at all. I bought him a shirt and tie (‘cause that was back when he had to wear the dreaded necktie) and a huge beautiful card that took an hour to pick out and I couldn’t wait for him to open it and couldn’t wait to see what he got me. I got NOTHING. It took me a good day or two to get over it, and it took his constant explaining how he feels about card stores saying when we should be in love instead of just always being in love. OK, now I completely believe in this modus operandi concerning Valentine’s Day. Of course, he’s had 31 years to prove that his position is the right one. I get flowers every month or more (yes, he STILL brings me flowers!) and he’s always extremely sweet on our anniversary. Like the year I got diamond earrings.
Diamond earrings for our 30th anniversary! Not bad. They were really pretty and I just couldn’t wait to try them on, so I headed right to the mirror over the sink in our RV. It was really embarrassing to have to call Randy in and explain how one of the earrings went down the sink drain. Now, Randy is a fairly patient man and almost never loses his cool. He was able to take the plumbing apart and recover the earring within just a few minutes, but I could tell by his eyes that he wasn’t very happy with me right then. He didn’t say very much, but only reminded me that I might want to close the drain before holding expensive jewelry over it with buttery fingers that I am famous for having. The butter fingers remark is what kept me from being as gracious as I can normally be. I had to calmly explain to my dearest that this really was his fault and not mine. He wanted to know how this could possibly be his fault and not mine. I thought it was all too clear, but explained to him anyway that if those diamonds had been a little larger, one would never have gone down that drain in the first place. Ladies, this is probably not a good thing to point out to a man who has just given you diamonds. Luckily, Randy has such a good sense of humor that he just said, “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!” So, I’m wondering if you celebrate Valentine’s Day and why or why not. Also, do you think my husband has just been tricking me???