My Thoughts on Valentine's Day

Photo taken at Jessica’s wedding 5 years ago.

Photo taken at Jessica’s wedding 5 years ago.

Valentine’s Day means gifts. When I was newly married I was often disappointed by Valentine’s Day. David never forgot it, but it just wasn’t a big deal. Today, I looked through all the photos of Valentine gifts shared on Facebook and Instagram and I am glad that there was no social media years ago!

David and I have been married 30 years this month, and as the years have past, I have come to realize that I have the best Valentine. A true Valentine is always being able to lay your head down at night and know where your partner is. Not having to worry about where he is, who he’s with or what he’s doing. That’s truly a gift.

A true Valentine provides for his family and meets his obligations, no matter how hard. A true Valentine dotes on his children and makes you fall in love with him all over again and again when you see him with them. Even when being hard on his children, you know it is done in love and out of a desire to make them good citizens.

At times during our marriage, David has certainly carried more than his fair share; like when my mother was dying and we had two small children at home. He picked up where needed and allowed me to spend every precious moment with my mother. This was repeated years later with my father.

So, this year I got the obligatory box of candy and a card, and let me say, I was thrilled. Thrilled that I have someone who thinks about me and thrilled that I have someone to give the yearly bag of peanut butter cups.

So, enjoy your gifts and flowers and dinners out. My hope for you is that 30 years from now you can feel the same way about someone.

That, ladies, is truly a Valentine