Valentine’s Day is When?

Writer’s Workshop Prompt 5.) Valentine’s Day is coming…share a favorite Valentine’s tradition.

My husband’s Valentine’s Day tradition is simple. On Valentine’s Day, Ed always comes home from work late.

On Valentine’s Day, we rarely go out. Very often, it’s a week night. Neither one of us remembers to make reservations in advance, and then we’d also have to find a babysitter. So I usually try to make pot roast, a dinner Ed loves.

One February, I bought a beautiful beef roast for Valentine’s Day, and then I received a phone call. It was one of those phone calls you dread. My grandpa had fallen, and my cousin thought we should travel to Iowa to see him. I threw that gorgeous piece of meat into the freezer, packed my bags, and spent the week, including Valentine’s Day, with my family.

I was grateful I went, because I was able to be with my grandpa on the day he died. He had loved a long and wonderful 96 years.

Ed joined me in Iowa for the funeral. When we returned home, there was a puddle of meat juice on the kitchen floor. Our refrigerator had kicked the bucket and that was the end of the pot roast.

For our first Valentine’s Day together as a married couple, I handmade a sentimental card for Ed by printing some special emails we sent to each other. I included the emails we sent when I first asked him out, and the emails we sent to each other the day after we were engaged. I made a cute little booklet with hearts and a photo of the two of us, and presented it to Ed on Valentine’s Day.

After eight years of marriage and two kids, I rarely remember to buy Ed a card. So I traipse up to my card box, look at the cards I’ve saved from previous years, and re-give Ed one of those cards. He never notices. The key is to never write the year on the card.

One of my choices this year.

I rarely receive a Valentine’s Day card from Ed. Instead, he’ll stop off at the Jewel after work to buy me some flowers. That’s why he’s always late on Valentine’s Day, because he stops at the grocery store to buy me some flowers.

That’s good enough for me.

Mama's Losin' It

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10 Replies to “Valentine’s Day is When?”

  1. Your memories with your husband are very sweet – you got a few tears out of me as well as some laughs! 🙂 Happy Thursday!

  2. Awwww! That's so sweet that he's always late because he's getting you flowers. I think Valentine's Day calls not for grand gestures, but for the little things like you mentioned.

  3. On our first valentine's day, my hubby set my hair on fire. Yeah, it's not really our favorite holiday either. 😉

  4. Sorry about your grandfather…and so understand not having a babysitter for the kids…and too be honest, Valentine's day so times is over rated and really puts pressure on the husband. My best Valentine's was my son's birth on the 13th!!, now my husband always remembers to do something, but celebrating my son's birthday usually counts for Valentine's Day.

  5. That is GENIUS to save the cards to regift them. Jamie is the mushy sort but not when it comes to gifts, he totally takes my "you don't have to get me anything" at face value and doesn't. Harumph.Hope all is well with you and all that snow. I'm going to try to be more bloggy-ish now that we're settled into the new place. We'll see. 😉

  6. Oh my goodness… I love that you regift cards! I was just looking at some of the old cards I gave dan and I noticed that so many of them said similar things so maybe this is an option for me too! We don't have a tradition for Valentines Day. Sometimes, before we had Abby, we would celebrate and go out to dinner around Valentines Day but never that night. It's a good excuse to get some pretty flowers though!

  7. What a great post! I feel you. Most of the time I don't really want to do anything but V Day is also my wedding anniversary – so we do something anyway. 🙂

  8. How nice that he gets you flowers!!! I always drop hints about my favorite flower around Valentine's day, but my husband never gets it. All he thinks about is where we're going to dinner. I guess I should be grateful that he even wants to go out for that day 🙂

  9. What a fantastic post. I loved it. Thanks for sharing your history and traditions with us! WHat a great way to celebrate this semi-holiday kind of day. Stopping by after finding you on the SITS forums. 🙂

  10. That all sounds alot like us!! Although, this year…I've already bought the card, so I don't forget. AND…we've already got plans (hasn't happen in YEARS) and we have a babysitter!Yeah!I hope your V-Day turns out wonderful!SamThe Mom and Dad Reviews

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