The theme of this contest centers on Memorable/Romantic/Eventful Valentine's Day. My Valentine's Day of 1988 encompassed all three of these, but maybe not in the most traditional of ways!
That year Valentine's Day was on a Sunday, and no I didn't have to look that up..I know that because the 13th fell on a Saturday that year. It was at 4:00 am that Saturday that my dad called to tell me my mom had passed away in her sleep. She hadn't been sick, and she was only 55, you can imagine what that did to my 25 year old heart. It broke it. So, for the memorable part, I can safely say that I will never forget that Valentine's Day!
Now for the Romantic element. We were quite young and had two young children. I was still in college and we were living on my husbands' salary. Now, most everyone can remember starting out, living frugally, and really not having a lot of money for 'extras'. We were no exception. I was concerned because I didn't have anything that I thought was suitable to wear to my mom's funeral. My husband called the dress shop that had been my mom's favorite and explained what was going on. The owner, who was a close friend of my mom's, willingly agreed to meet us there on Valentine's Day morning to help me find something to wear. We arrived, parked the car, and my husband turned to me and handed me our checkbook and said "buy whatever you need, whatever you want". Now since none of you know my husband, just let me tell you that this was a HUGE deal! (He still thinks I spend too much money!) By doing that, he let me know that he was willing to do whatever it took to make sure I was taken care of. Fast forward through 22 years, college and several jobs, and today that may not be a big deal. Luckily, we are now in a position where if we need something, we buy it. I still think this is one of the most romantic things he has ever done.
Next comes the eventful part. My whole family was together that Valentine's Day, surrounded by extended family and friends. We celebrated the life of my mom with food and drink and song. We cried until we laughed and laughed until we cried.
I still have the black suit I wore on that cold Nebraska day. Everytime I look at it, I smile a sad smile, look upward, and think back to the most memorable Valentine's Day of all.