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.
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