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Friday, February 15, 2008

Sweetness...and Stevie Wonder

Yesterday was Valentine's Day. Truly a girlie holiday...don't be fooled by that. It is a holiday that women, who start at a very young age, have this romantic idea of what the day should be like.
We expect our prince charming to shower us with treats. Treats of either flowers, jewerly, or chocolates. Depending on the female...maybe all three. And we expect our prince to be able to read our mind.
Totally unfair. But, that is how it is.
Years ago I realized that my prince needed a little guidance. He is not a romantic soul. Never has been, never will be. But, he is my prince and there are so many other things I love about him. He is my rock. He has been told I expect a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day. It doesn't have to be huge... and I don't have to share with anyone. My children have now been added to that list of individuals who need to be told what I expect. I started a week early on them. My question was, "Have you made a valentine for your sweetheart yet?" My fifteen year old, not interested in anyone was shocked and asked for whom? My reply was direct...ME!
Referring back to my 'earth muffin' post, I do not want my children to feel like they have to spend money on me. I would rather have them make me a card. They need to spend a moment or two just thinking of me (or whoever else for that matter). It's that act of spending a few moments not thinking of themselves that I am striving for. A teaching moment you might say.
In the end I did get a homemade card from my son. It has a photo of Sammy Hagar on the front and it says something like, "I might not be him but, Happy Valentine's Day!" My son currently has this awesome hair style that he knows reminds me of my favorite SH. It's hard for me to resist touching his curls! I LOVE this card!
My husband bought me a wonderful box of chocolates. You can see them in the top photo above...bottom right hand corner. They are heavenly! I will savor them eating one a day for the next seven days. No sharing.
My daughter made me a poem:
How Much I Love You
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm stating the obvious
Like how I love you
Here are some examples
of my little riddle:
If I'm dancing a jig
Then you are my fiddle
If I am peanut butter
You are the jelly
If I am a fat person
You are my belly
If I am an orchard
You are the berries
If I am a sundae
You are the cherries
Well, a riddle's a riddle
A rhyme is a rhyme
And I really don't know
Just how much time
It would take me to tell you
Something I do
And this something is showing
How much I love you!
Happy Valentine's Day Mom!
Love, MK
In the end I had a perfect Valentine's day. I had my family home, all together for our meal; no extraciriculars this night. I made homemade lasagna with bread, baked garlic, salad, grapes and red wine. We ended our evening watching our favorite tv show together...LOST...while eating the heart shaped Boston Cream pie I made in the afternoon.
In addition to reminding my family how much they mean to me, I also was reminded by some special friends that they care. In the top photo, beside my box of chocolates you can see the homemade treats that I received. Chocolate heart shaped eclairs, turtles, cookies, and chocolate dipped coconut balls. All treats from incredible ladies! In the second picture I gave my friends these homemade 'sweet text cell phones'. The third picture shows my daughters, more age appropriate treats for her buddies. Mine had gum while my daughters had button candy. See, girls NEVER tire reminding others that they care.
Stevie Wonder?
I felt my father smiling down on me yesterday. While I was out buying a few groceries for the evening I noted the music that played at the store. It was one of those few pop songs of the day that my dad commented on back in the early 80's that he liked. Stevie Wonder singing his song, "I just called to say I love you". See, the romantic in me started creeping out. I felt love from above smiling down on me.
Life is good.

1 comment:

sweetcakes said...

OK, so I'm a little behind on reading your blog! You've been busy girl! Love the Valentine treats picture! And your Valentines were a big hit! My kids loved it! But I'm not sharing! Ha!