Let's Make Valentine's Day Last All Year 'Round, by Linda Hope Lee
First, congratulations to all the winners of our recent Heartwarming giveaway. I hope you enjoy your prizes and have many happy hours reading our books.
Second, I hope all of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, spent with that special someone.
Which brings me to the subject of this blog.
A couple weeks ago, I'm at lunch with several of my friends and we're discussing out Valentine's Day plans--dinners out, gifts, and cards and such--when Gloria says, "Valentine's Day is such a good reminder of how important it is to show our love and appreciation for the special people in our lives, don't you think?"
We all nod, and I say, "That reminds me, I've been making a list of ways to do just that at other times of the year." At their knowing looks, I add, "Okay, I admit it's also research for my romance novels, but help me out here. Any ideas?" I pull out my notebook and pen.
"I like to make cards,"Celia says, "for occasions that are special only to me and John. Like the time I sent him a card celebrating the day we met. And another time, one for the day he proposed. He never knows when to expect one and so they're always a surprise."
"We take turns planning a mystery trip," Iris says. "The person whose turn it is gives the other a list of what to pack that might help to guess the destination. One of Alex's trips was to a seaside resort that has become one of our favorite getaways."
I look at Gloria. "What about you and Monty?"
Gloria smiles. "This might not sound like much, but I think it's important to say 'Thank you. I try to say it often and for even little things, such as his helping me clean up the kitchen when it's my turn or coming to my rescue when I'm carrying in a big bag of groceries. I want him to know how much I appreciate his thoughtfulness."
"I love it," I say, adding that to my list.
When we've finally exhausted all our ideas, Celia says, "Wow, I think we have enough to keep us busy 'til next Valentine's Day rolls around." We all nod in agreement.
How about you? Do you have something I can add to my list?