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February 14th – Valentine’s Day

loveFebruary 14th. It’s a big day as it celebrates love.

Traditionally it was the day when your special partner andor secret admirers espoused love and beyond. Now it has blossomed to include every sort of love. Perhaps the Min Pins are now carefully positioning their muddy paw prints on cards as my fingers fly across the keyboard.

At my grim boarding school there were really pretty girls that used to receive several cards on Valentine’s day. I can still hear their shrieks now as they ripped open the envelopes and honed into the messages.

My mum always sent me a card. With curly wurly writing so that I might not recognise who had sent it. Of course I saw through that but I was so grateful to walk up to the ‘post monitor’ and receive my card.

Opened alone and so appreciated. I even carefully glued them into my one day a day diary.

With Danny, those early days were such a time of hope and joy. We exchanged cards, a bit embarrassed, like teenagers. Most of these were eventually framed and added to The Love Gallery. These small framed tokens used to give me so much pleasure when I passed them on the way to the bathroom.

Over the past few years Valentine’s Day became a time of stress. I’m sure for both of us. I do remember several supermarket Valentine Meals ending up in the bin a couple of weeks after the event. We’d lost that innocent appreciative mojo.

A friend once said years ago,
“You are one of the last of the old romantics.”
I was surprised – thought most people were like me.

This year, dazzled by the hoards of signs reminding me that Valentine’s Day was approaching, I reckoned that it might be a bit of a struggle for a newby singleton.

Last week a bulky card arrived from America. Intrigued, I carefully opened the envelope.

I pulled out the longest Valentine’s card that I’d ever received. It was ‘signed’ in absentia by a few blog readers and CSH forumites.

I flopped down onto my old fur lined chair at the kitchen table and wept with a strange mixture of despair and delight. I’d been dreading Valentine’s Day but suddenly I felt cherished.

Thank you Michelle and Dan from Oregon and everyone who connived with this glorious plot. You have made this Valentine’s Day so special for me.

I need to go out and find a page a day dairy now that’s big enough to cosset this card. That drive into town will be a pleasure and I’m sure that I’ll smile all the way there.

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  1. Brilliant idea, just what was needed

  2. What a lovely idea, I’m glad you were cherished on Valentines day.

  3. What a lovely sweet idea, That is just fantastic and just what was needed for a lovely sweet Lady. Happy Valentines to you all and many hugs xxxxxxxx

  4. Hug from me too!x

  5. Yay!! I’m glad it made you smile. Massive hugs from me and the ‘Chap’. xxx

  6. How lovely people are. I also send you a virtual hug, Fiona.

  7. So glad you like it Fiona. We are all thinking of you. Hope you had a lovely day with happy thoughts. xx

  8. Michelle and Simon – what can I say! You are fabulous people. Thank you for sharing Fiona, that gave me a warm glow. xxxxxxx

  9. Michelle from Oregon

    I wish I could take 100% of the credit, but it was Simon’s (Sump Rat)idea, I just ran with in and choose a Valentine card.
    I knew from past blog posts how much Valentine’s Day means to you, so I thought what would give you a bigger lift than a Valentine card?
    SOOOOO glad I guessed right!
    Happy Valentine’s Day Fiona!!!!! 🙂

  10. Oh that’s lovely. Michelle: you’re brilliant for organising that for Fiona.

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