So Simple To Love ― Isn’t It?

Valentine's Cartoon

Valentine’s Cartoon © by Pat Ruppel 2014

When I got up this morning, I found this cut-out cartoon from hubby. It was so simple, yet pure, in how he expressed his love for me. It touched my heart and I cried. There are so many ways to say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day, every day. This one was for me.

Over the years, we’ve just about done it all ― flowers, candy, dinner, wine, cards. In fact, just yesterday while we were out running errands, we were in the store and remembered we needed to get Valentine’s cards for each other.

So, we took off in different directions and I went off to get mine first. When I picked the one I liked, I went to the self-paid check-out, punched through all the menus and swiped the card to register the price and pay. I looked, took a double-take, and looked again at the total. What! $10.40 for a card? I punched again ― cancel, cancel, cancel and handed the card back to the store attendant.

Thinking maybe I had just picked an expensive one, off I went back to choose another one. The only problem, when I got there, was that hubby was picking his card out for me. He noticed me and asked if I had gotten my card yet. I said, “yes . . . no”.

Then, I told him about the cost. He looked at the one he had picked and it was around $10, too. So, we both laughed, joking with each other about how old we must be, and decided not to get each other a card this year. We’d just share a box of Valentine chocolates instead.

Box of Valentine Chocolates

Box of Valentine Chocolates © 2014 by Pat Ruppel

There are so many clichés to use in telling each other how much we love them. We toss the same, flowery words around so much; I wonder if we truly feel what we say. For me, love doesn’t come as easy.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I don’t have trouble giving love. I can be touchy-feely like others and I enjoy giving hugs. There are times, when my heart is so full, I feel I’d explode if I didn’t love someone or something (animals, trees?). It’s the receiving kind of love that’s more difficult for me. But, as you can see, I’m getting better at it.

This time, hubby nailed it. He got straight to my heart with this little cartoon. Zip ― really did feel like an arrow in how it went straight to my soul and touched my heart.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

In whatever way you celebrate, I hope it is shared with those you love and you are happy.

Pat from the ol’ kitchen table


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16 thoughts on “So Simple To Love ― Isn’t It?

  1. Tim has never been one for Valentine’s Day and in fact he rarely gives me anything sometimes I will get him a nice card but not this year couldn’t see the point anyway he knows I love him and he loves me we will grow old together.

    • I get what you’re saying, Joanne. It doesn’t come down to what you say or do on one day. What matters is how you treat and love each other everyday. 🙂

  2. Lovely post Pat, and what a most beautiful Valentine’s message from your husband. Honestly, it doesn’t get any better than that. $10 for a card, may I say, is ridiculous. This is the most romantic gesture ever! I hope you had a very Happy Valentine’s Day my dear friend… 🙂

    • Thank you, Sherri. I agree. It doesn’t get any better than that and it doesn’t take a lot to let the other one know how much you love them. That was definitely shone to me this Valentine’s Day. Hope you enjoyed that special day, too, with the ones you love and did something fun. 🙂

      • We did thanks Pat, had a lovey weekend, despite the raging storm all Friday night. Then Sunday, the skies cleared and it we took a beach walk;..have posted about it as you will see 🙂

        • So glad you had a great weekend, Sherri. It’s even better when you can take a stroll along the beach.

          BTW, I just finished reading about your storm carnage at West Bay. Didn’t know you had such horrendous storms. At least you got a break in the weather and could poke your heads out and get some fresh air and sunshine. I can almost hear the seagulls and smell the salt air. It looks so refreshing except for the damage, of course. 🙂

          • Yes Pat, we’ve had horrendous storms and flooding since before Christmas and this was the worst. Sunday was a real blessing to have the break in the sunshine. I felt like we were having a very mini vacation 🙂 Rain all day today again but nothing like it was, so there is hope 🙂
            Thank you Pat, it was so very refreshing… 🙂

          • Let’s hope the storms diminish and you dry out soon with more sunshine on the way. It won’t be long — Spring is just around the corner and you’ll be out enjoying your Summerhouse. I can picture that. 🙂

    • Thank you, Bev. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Amazing how life unfolds and brings you these little stories. You can’t plan it. It certainly took me by surprise and was one I had to share. Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

    • Oh my, Patricia. Thank you for your kind words especially considering the source is a published author. You just made my day. I’m happy you stopped by and even more happy you enjoyed the read. It means the world to me. 🙂

  3. What your husband gave you was so sweet?

    I bought my husband a Valentine’s Day card months ago. On Valentine’s, I wrote in it and left it at the breakfast table. I knew he didn’t get me a card, but I told myself not to get upset. I reflected. Every day, my husband shows me how much he loves me with small things. Helping out around the house, kissing me when I’m not expecting it, finding a program or movie that I really want to watch, or just telling me I’m beautiful.

    In the past, I’d normally obsess about why I wasn’t given anything and that the person didn’t love me. With my husband, I didn’t obsess about it. It just made me reflect on all the things he does for me daily that touches my heart.

    • I can really relate to what you said, Denise. It’s like, if we buy into the hype and commercial expectations, we could easily obsess about it. But, one day doesn’t define how much we love each other; in fact, it might express just the opposite, if something is just purchased to show some love to get off the hook and satisfy those expectations.

      Interaction, how you look out for one another and the little day-to-day things, like you mentioned, is truly what matters. My hubby is much better at the little things than I am, as you can see. It looks like your husband does the same for you in showing you how much he loves you. I’m glad that’s what you were able to take away from it for Valentine’s Day.

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