Happy "day before"!
Have to admit, I'm sometimes suspicious of the (unspoken) obligation that comes with certain holidays. And, I suspect DH and I are both at our wits ends what to DO, to mark Valentine's Day.
He knows better than to bring chocolates or roses; "bling" and I don't speak the same language.
Now a foot rub? ...or popcorn for supper? Color me, Happy!
Not sure why it seems appropriate to the occasion -- but I chortled out-loud when this line appeared in a recent e-mail:
Home is where everybody goes when they get tired of being nice to people.
"When was the last time I bothered to freshen my face before heading home?" or, .... "Why didn't I pause to empty my mind's 'trash can' at the workplace back door?"
Now, it's a blessing to realize DH actually listens to me. He accepts, "just as I am."
But! Looking back, it doesn't seem so long ago that Insecurity Monster (whose grown old along with me), wouldn't dare allow me show my true colors ... or gosh-forbid, an un-made face!
There's gotta be a middle ground!
And I recall, it's those Little Things that mean the most.
A friend once related a story of waking one morning to discover her toothbrush laid out ~ with paste already applied!
I'm not sure why that tale has stuck in my mind, but it goes to show how thinking outside the box ... smiling at a stranger ... or volunteering a compliment might brighten someone's day.
And doesn't it feel so good?
Before closing, I'd like to share a favorite, personal Valentines experience:
A loooooong time ago (in another life, it seems), I'd been growing impatient with the status quo of a relationship that seemed to be going nowhere. A phone call mid-day, simply stated I had a surprise waiting.
Come 5:00, I rushed home and up the stairs to my tiny apartment. Threw open the front door ... nothing. Senses on high alert, I peeked in the bathroom. Nothing. Hugging the wall, I spun into the bedroom. Nothing.
Literally! Where my furniture once stood, there was a hand-written note: "If you want to sleep in your own bed tonight, you'd better get over here." We were married a few weeks later.
Have you a favorite or a funny Valentine's memory? I'd love to hear!
...Meanwhile, thank you for being my Valentine's blessings, every day of the year!