Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Valentine Memory --my favorite one


It was my senior year of high school. Valentines was rapidly approaching. And I was not looking forward to it! All of the girls with boyfriends would be carrying around stuff. You know. Chocolate, flowers, balloons, teddy bears, etc. All pink and red.

And while I had tons of friends and went on several dates, I was not dating anyone. I was preparing myself for valentines to be lonely. I knew my parents would give me some lovey gift and candy. I was tempted to hide some of their valentines in my back pack before school and then take them out once I got to school.

That way I could carry stuff around with me too.

It was tempting. But I resisted.

And I'm grateful I didn't! (Besides... Who would I claim they were from?! A secret admirer?)

I remember arriving at school and heading to my locker, just like it was an ordinary day. I got my books and took off my coat. And tried super hard to focus on anything other than my empty hands.

I went to meet my friends in our hallway spot before school started. And to my complete surprise, I was given a box of chocolates. Heart shaped and all. My heart melted. I felt so special and important. I could have easily put it away in my back pack. Oh no! I treasured that chocolate box and carried it with me the whole day and kept it on my desk during class. (Keep in mind that I was in high school... Of course I kept it out because I was no longer one of the empty handed girls.)

And the best part is it was from a boy! And it was totally his doing--I still remember staring in disbelief and total shock. It didn't mean I had a boyfriend. It didn't mean that this boy and I were going steady. It just meant he cared about me. He wanted me to feel valued.

I knew right then that someday I wanted to marry someone just like this boy. Someone who cares about me and shows it. Not because it was expected or because he should but because he just wanted me to he happy.

What I did not know then was that about three and a half years later this boy would become my eternal valentine. My forever best friend!

And still to this day, that heart shaped, small box of chocolates made that Valentines Day my very favorite!!

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