Monday, February 14, 2011

Darling Husband's Guest Post

As a special Valentine's Day treat (for me), my Darling Husband has laboured over a blog post to give me a break. It took some doing, but I finally convinced him to let go and let me post it. :D
And here we go:

In an effort to produce a truly great gift for Singleness Awareness Appreciation Day (oops I meant Valentine's Day), I am going to write my wife's blog. Sorry to all those of you who would have preferred a more literary bent!  

Valentine's Day (if you have someone) or Singleness Awareness Appreciation Day (all those of you who don't, and Lenny [you're too young to have a significant other. Play and have fun until you are at least 25 ;-)]) strikes me as a holiday of stark contrasts. On the one hand, you have those commercial entities pushing onto people the idea that you HAVE to get something for that special someone. While on the other, a truly Lovely message (pun intended) of showing those you love you care. I for one love the idea of showing love. I like Valentine's Day most likely since I have a significant other, my wife.

Which is why, even after 9 years of marriage, I still struggle to find the perfect gift. The radio tries to sell you pajama grams, roses, Vermont teddy bears, chocolates, diamonds, jewelry, smartphones, etc, all in an effort to say I love you to those we love.  Whatever happened to doing something for that person that they couldn't do for themselves to say I love you?  

Now my wonderful wife, who makes our family run, might want a 5 day vacation on a Caribbean beach and I am working on that. In reality what I manage most often is when I am home trying to clean the house, playing with the kids, and making dinner while she writes. Well that's the plan anyway!  

As with even the cards, candy and flowers, the best laid plans often go awry and usually my Valentine's Day gifts end with something crazy happening or me picking some crazy gift. Which reminds me, I think the craziest Valentine's Day gift I received was a phone call at 3 am from some friends who had (after years of searching) found a song with my name in it.  I personally would have preferred the sleep, but the memory of that call still makes me laugh. Maybe just maybe the crazy gifts---or more appropriately the memories they give us---are the best gifts on a day that for many is really just Singleness Awareness Appreciation Day. 

What was your craziest gift?

Well, I digress! To my wife my best gift is my love for you, Je t'aime, and to my children, I love you! 

22 comments:

Jen Daiker said...

This was the sweetest post!!! Such love to wake up to this morning, I adore it!!!

PS I love the comment regarding Lenny. All too true!

Have fun on this amazing day!

I have never received anything crazy as a gift but Saturday my husband did present me with a brand new engagement ring and wedding band. I'm still in shock.

Joanne said...

Great job with the post, I'm sensing a regular guest contributor here. Be careful though, writing is addicting and you'll soon be hooked!

Wishing you both a very Happy Valentine's Day :)

Lynn said...

Singleness Awareness Appreciation Day. haha!! Love it.
Sweet post! May the both of you have a wonder Valentine's Day!

Susanne Drazic said...

Ohhh, how sweet! Happy Valentine's Day!

Lisa_Gibson said...

Awww, how sweet! That's so nice.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Angela Felsted said...

How nice of your husband! Craziest gift I ever gave? Hmmmmm, a planetarium dome from the Discovery store, which was basically a glamorized flashlight with a black cover that had holes in it. Pathetic.

Melissa said...

This is one of the sweetest posts ever!

MikeS said...

I'll call at 3 a.m. to let you know what my craziest valentines gift was.

Lydia K said...

That is sweet! We have never had crazy valentine's gifts, to be honest. You have to competition from me!

Colene Murphy said...

Awe my gosh!! That is the sweetest thing!! Happy Valentines to both of you!

The Golden Eagle said...

That's so sweet! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, this is so sweet! It sounds like he knows exactly what the writer in you would like, Janet. :D

Okay, the Carribean sounds great too.

Beth said...

No crazy gifts, but time to write is the best Valentine's gift of all! How thoughtful of you!

Beth said...

No crazy gifts, but time to write is the best Valentine's gift of all! How thoughtful of you!

Lola Sharp said...

Awww, I love this post! Sweet. :)

Yay for supportive, thoughtful, fun husbands!

I've given and received many crazy gifts...this year husband gave me a wireless Apple keyboard for my macbook and the box set of Firefly and a bunch of books and other stuff...and he stayed home from work, went grocery shopping and made us a filet mignon dinner, complete with chocolate covered strawberries.
(I know, he's awesome) (I won't tell you what I gave him)

But, since my birthday is April Fools Day...my 'crazy' gifts usually come then.

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!

WritingNut said...

Aww... this is so sweet! I hope you both had a wonderful Valentine's day :)

Niki said...

awww what a man! :o)

Jessie Oliveros said...

What a husband! I mean, what a DARLING husband. Sometimes my husband and I give each other something for Valentine's Day. Sometimes not. Which I decided means that we go against the grain or we are just lazy. Last year he gave me 100 Peruvian Lilies. Better than roses.

Medeia Sharif said...

So sweet.

I hope you two had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Stephen Tremp said...

Great post! Its always fun to learn more about other bloggers including their family and interests. Have a great week!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janet .. seems a perfectly wonderful husband .. just helping out is the best - sharing all things .. and love as the most important of all ..

Cheers and much happiness .. Hilary

Reb's photo world said...

Rick! You are the best! Lucky Janet! I can't wait to see you both soon!

PS You might not be giving her a Caribbean Cruise, but you are giving her two weeks in France in April and a week or so in June!!! That's gotta count for something!