I have to confess — my original Valentine’s Day piece was going to include a handful of quick and easy crafts to give your loved ones. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Between working, attending kindergarten open houses, visits to the pediatrician, keeping up with laundry (not!), etcetera, I just haven’t gotten my sh*t together.
I do, however, love Valentine’s Day. I love the giving part probably more than the receiving end. I got a great deal at an online cookie company and purchased some of my son’s favorite iced sugar cookies. I also managed to pick up a few books at the Scholastic book fair — Power Rangers for him and Fancy Nancy for her. That leaves my biggest Valentine, my husband. I’m going to give him a gift card from Amazon so he can pick up a few new titles for his Kindle.
Then, there’s me. “What do you want for Valentine’s Day?” my hubby keeps asking. Sure, there are a lot of things I actually want and need right now. My favorite perfume bottle is empty. The once-fuzzy robe is almost thread-barren. And, as much as I’d love to go out to a restaurant for dinner, I’m quite satisfied staying home with my family and just hanging out. It doesn’t hurt that my husband is a fabulous cook, either.
So, back to the question. “What do I want for Valentine’s Day?”
A love letter.
That’s what I want. A good, old-fashioned love letter. You know, the kind that makes you melt when you hear it being read by the lead in your favorite chick flick. A classic, romantic letter penned by my sweetheart.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s so easy to become those two passing ships in the night. You’re so busy packing lunches, changing diapers and checking homework, you forget your #1. Conversations get interrupted with “Mom! Look at this!” And, just when you get a few minutes alone with your hubby, the baby starts crying.
Although I know I say thank you a lot, “thanks” doesn’t necessarily tell him how I feel about him. That I just melt when I see him making our baby giggle. That I still swoon when he’s running around the house in a towel. I’m proud he takes his job of serving and protecting the public seriously — putting his life on the line every day. Yes, all these things and more, will be included in my love letter to him. You didn’t think I’d let myself off the hook so easily, did you?
How are you spending Valentine’s Day this year? Do you have a love letter story you’d like to share?