By Jeff Salter
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This week, we’re blogging about “unforgettable” Valentine’s Day memories. No particular one of these 64 I’ve experienced stands out, but I will share with y’all something I’ve done to try to make them “unforgettable” for my wife.
I no longer recall when I began this practice, but at some point after my wife began working outside the home, I tried to make sure she received some sort of Valentine’s Day gift from me while she was AT work. No longer do I remember what possessed me to start doing this, but I somehow picked up on the insight that women enjoy a gift MORE if somebody else sees them receiving it. That differs from most men, who value the gift itself equally — no matter where or when it is handed over.
So, anyhow, I’d usually have some flowers delivered to her office. Sometimes, I’d vary and I’d leave a Val Day helium balloon tied to her steering wheel so she could bring it to work with her. But I always wanted her to have something visible (from me) at work on this day.
As a side note, a younger woman I know was working in an office inside a high rise bank building. When Val Day came around, most of the other ladies received flowers, balloons, or some sort of recognition — while at work that day. Not her. And when she went home, she walloped her husband on the arm and said – with icicles dripping from her words – “everybody got something but ME.”
So I figure, if it’s in my power, resources, and memory to do so, I’m not going to let my wife be the one woman at her workplace who doesn’t receive anything on Val Day.
From Valentine’s Day 2013
Two years ago, I wrote about how I sneak at least one heart into my wife’s luggage when she travels:
From Valentine’s Day 2011
Four years ago, I blogged about one of the Valentine rituals I remember from Elementary School … and some of my first kisses with females-who-weren’t-my-relatives. For a look at my column for this day in 2011 [“Valentine’s Day in Retrospect … and My First True Like”], please take a look:
What about Valentine’s Day is memorable to YOU?