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Valentine’s Day Treat

Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a holiday beloved or hated depending on the person.  I still remember my first Valentines, the ones placed in the little mailboxes we would make in elementary school.  Waiting to see if that one boy had given one to me was always a source of anxiety and sometimes, delight.

valentine shirley temple
Of course, there were always those times that it was a source of despair, when my hoped-for Valentine wasn’t in the box.
 

Over the years, my Valentine’s wishes have changed. As a child or a young, unmarried woman, I always hoped for those chocolates, those roses,and the occasional piece of jewelry. Not getting some reminder of love on February fourteenth was a big deal. Then, I grew up. Oh, I still enjoy romantic gestures, but these days, I am very secure in feeling loved. I wouldn’t mind the odd bouquet of flowers now and then, but mostly I’d rather my Valentine fix my something for me (Honey, maybe that malfunctioning car sunroof?), although that’s been known to bring about a few surprises.

 

This Valentine’s Day, my true love and I are winging out way to Oklahoma City for a marriage workshop. We are getting the training to equip us to lead workshops and help others learn the communication skills that have been so valuable to us. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help other couples have many more happy Valentine’s Days.

 

So what about you? Valentine’s traditions? Love or hate relationship with the holiday? Tell us about it! And, if you’re in the mood for a free, fun, Valentine’s Day story, pop over HERE later and read my installment and all the ones before in an ongoing serial story from fourteen Love Inspired authors. In the meantime, Happy Valentine’s Day! And since I write historical romance, here’s a picture of a 1920’s silk-covered box of chocolates that my characters in Journey of Hope might have received on Valentine’s Day! (Um…, yeah, the candy is gone.)

1920s 1lb. silk box of Artscape Chocolates

1920s 1lb. silk box of Artscape Chocolates

cover hi res journey of HopeDebbie Kaufman writes inspirational historical romance for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line. The fact that some of her books contain cannibals should be understood as an element of adventurous romance stories and should never misconstrued as a sign of a warped mind. Debbie insists she is as normal as everyone else. To decide for yourself, connect with her at her WEBSITE, LIKE her on Facebook, or go follow her on Twitter.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - February 13, 2014 - 12:02 pm

What a cute, nostalgic Valentine.

Have a great V-day, Debbie. Hubby and I are celebrating early to avoid the lines at movies and restaurants. What ol’ fogey’s we are! heh-heh

Marilyn Baron - February 13, 2014 - 1:52 pm

My husband and I usually like to go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, but this year every one of our favorite restaurants is booked Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I couldn’t believe it. I finally got something for Saturday night, but very early. They either had 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. and I’m asleep by 10. Anyway, with the snowy weather we may not even be able to get down our driveway, but probably will by Saturday. Great post. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Walt Mussell - February 13, 2014 - 2:35 pm

What? The chocolate’s gone?

We don’t have a Valentine’s Day tradition as my wife is not a Valentine’s Day person. The closest we ever got to a tradition was me giving her the same card several years in a row. (It was too perfect to only use once.)

Sandra Elzie - February 13, 2014 - 2:40 pm

The older Valentine cards were so beautiful….I love them. Our tradition is kinda boring…a card in the morning and then dinner out. Sometimes hubs gets breakfast in bed, but I have to wait until our anniversary to get that particular treat. In the end, it’s all about enjoying being together and remembering the other person in lots of small ways…all year long and not just on Valentine Day when it’s expected.

Sandra Elzie - February 13, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Ah, Walt, that’s sweet ! It’s kinda like telling her that she’s perfect just the way she is…like that special card.

Debbie Kaufman - February 13, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Hey Carol, we usually do the same if we are going out anywhere. It’s the time together, not the day, right?

Debbie Kaufman - February 13, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Marilyn, with the temps today, it should melt. Hoping you get to go to your dinner!

Debbie Kaufman - February 13, 2014 - 2:50 pm

LOL, Walt. Yep, and if it wasn’t, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t want it. Found this little treasure in a “junky” antique store in Memphis last week. Hey, I get it. A great card is a great card!

Debbie Kaufman - February 13, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Sandy,
We do the cards too. BTW, I’ve been seeing all kinds of antique valentine cards in flea markets, etc. lately. I may break down and buy a few of the unused ones just for fun!

Connie Gillam - February 13, 2014 - 3:15 pm

A card, candy and flowers is the tradition (in the later years.) from hubby to me. I just get him candy, otherwise, he’d eat all of mine.
When the children were young and at home, it would be a card only.

Debbie Kaufman - February 13, 2014 - 4:46 pm

LOL, Connie. I’m lucky in that regard. Bill doesn’t eat candy!

Pam Asberry - February 14, 2014 - 10:00 am

Since my divorce, I have generally hated Valentine’s Day, but last Friday my boyfriend dropped down on one knee, pulled a beautiful diamond ring out of a box, and asked me to marry him. I said yes. :-) So this is going to be the best Valentine’s Day on record! :-)

Debbie Kaufman - February 19, 2014 - 10:01 am

Wow! Yep, Valentine’s Day just took a turn for the better, Pam!

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