I am not a couple with plans to mate today. There are no flowers, no candy and, unless I get very imaginative; no sex. So I wasn’t expecting much.
I started the morning with a beautiful handmade valentine from my nephew Nate, who is five. Then I spent 2 hours on the phone with one of my best friends from college, who acted as therapist as I detailed every pathetic shortcoming in my life. Not only did she listen, as usual, she offered heartfelt suggestions, all of which I just acted on.
She’s the Key West artist who creates amazing things you can see at: Heliographics.com
Then I got an email from a new blog friend and discovered that she just forwarded her many followers a link to my blog about my mom and Bob Barker, along with links to other blog posts she liked. Her website is called Two Cannoli.com. (How do you not love that?)
Then my son called and wished me a Happy Valentine’s Day.
Right after that, my nephew sent me a text about how he’d just given a ride to an older Italian woman in Pittsburgh, who used so many of my mother’s actions and classic phrases, (they’re in italics) it’s more than a little eerie. She was clutching lottery tickets, as she said he looked like a nice young boy (he’s in his late 30’s) and asked if he would give her a ride home. She explained that she couldn’t take the bus in the snow because she was no spring chicken and that God would bless him in abundance for taking her home.
It was a reminder to me that her stories are funny, so I need to get a publisher soon and put them out there. It was also a reminder that I have wonderful nephews.
And I just got a phone call from another friend inviting me over for dinner, followed by a phone call from another nephew and his wife and their sweet kids, Dominic and Julie, who were with my brother and sister-in-law.
Not a heart shaped box or flowers anywhere and yet, my day was great. Go figure.
May your Valentine’s Day be unexpectedly wonderful.