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February is coming. You know what that means, right? Husbands across the nation stressing and conniving as they try to find that perfect Valentine’s gift. The media doesn’t help, with jewelry commercials depicting Mr. Sensitive surprising his love with a very expensive ring. The kind I’ve lost. On numerous occasions.
Once it was almost shipped to Japan. It isn’t that I don’t find the ring, or any other gift my husband gives me, special. I do. I cherish that glimmering band, but not because of the rock. Rather, I cherish the marriage it represents.
And all the memories that encompasses. Some of my favorites are the simplest. I find it a bit surprising that most of my memories, in fact, involve he and I walking hand-in-hand, talking. About everything and absolutely nothing.
When our daughter was young, we lived in a small apartment in Southern California. Each day, as four o’clock rolled around, I’d tidy the house, peek out the window, watch the door, anxiously awaiting my husband’s return. Then, when he’d arrive, we’d plop our princess in the baby backpack and walk to the corner store where we’d buy a giant fountain soda and a bag of pretzels. Then we’d walk back, munching, sipping, talking. Laughing.
That was almost 17 years ago, and yet, it’s still one of my favorite memories, one of my favorite “dates”. One that cost us maybe $3. Because often it’s those simple, quiet, and peaceful moments that mean the most.
I wonder if my husband knows this. I have a feeling, even if I were to tell him, he’d still stress, plot, and plan, trying to find that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. And that’s fine. So long as, after the gifts are exchanged and our restaurant meal eaten, he twines his fingers in mine and we go for a romantic, leisurely stroll.
What about you? What are some of your most romantic memories? Do you find any of them unexpected? If you could plan your favorite Valentine’s Day, what would you do? Where would you go?
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Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.
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