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!