A Valentine’s Ramble

It snowed here in Daybreak, Utah last night.  Looks to me like 4 or 5 inches, the most we’ve had this year.  Cue the music … I’m Dreaming of a White Valentines Day … which does not, by the way, make up for this year’s Brown  Christmas.   For many years. my wife, Muri, and I went away for Valentines Day, where went away covered anything from staying at a nice hotel in the LA area to spending the weekend in some romantic distant place.   Perhaps the best of these was a weekend in Sedona.  We were talking yesterday about this year like no other, about how long its been since we actually went on a date.  That would be dinner at an odd little … (forgettable little) … (expensive little) … seafood restaurant in Salt Lake and a Utah Symphony concert OVER A YEAR AGO.  This comes after over fifty years of Saturday night dates.  Sixteen years ago, Valentine’s Day became my oldest grandson’s birthday.   Valentine’s Dates become getting away to Arizona and later, Utah, to spend the 14th with our daughter’s family to celebrate his birthday.   It wasn’t romantic but it was certainly about love.

Valentine’s is such an odd holiday.  It’s origins … including the persona of the man after which it is named … are murky at best.   People seem to love it (they are in a romantic relationship) or hate it (no romantic relationship or just unromantic).  Right after Christmas the stores begin to fill with pink and red tchotchkes … stuffed animals and candy-filled hearts and what-not,  And of course, cards in every size and degree of garishness.  How bizarre is a holiday on which millions of people buy cards that use someone else’s works to express their love?   And what words they are … like:

As time goes by from year to year,
One thing is surely true, my dear;
Though decades come and decades go,
Just seeing you sets me aglow.

Gack.  Have you noticed that virtually every card for a wife includes the phrase, I don’t tell you often enough how much you mean to me?  I seem to remember a saying about actions speaking louder than words.

Now if this slightly snarky Valentines Day post has you thinking I’m not romantic, you’d be wrong.  Just put The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody on the old Victrola and watch me tear up it {is our song, after all).  Our Valentines Days may be more laid back after 50 plus years together but we still treasure them.   This year I gave Muri a new blouse and a heart shaped box of See,s candy (milk chocolates only),  She gave me a T-shirt which I love,  Here it is …And in couple hours we’ll go to my daughter’s house to celebrate Reed’s sixteenth birthday.  Sixteen,  It doesn’t seem possible.  And to you, my readers …

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2 Comments on “A Valentine’s Ramble”

  1. barrythewiz Says:

    I just loved this post. Happy post – Valentines Day to you guys.

  2. Tee Says:

    16? Reed is 16??? How is that possible? Hope his birthday was happy, and your Valentines’ Day was filled with love.


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