With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d ask readers what is the sweetest thing your husband or other loved one has ever done for you? I was thinking about that the other day. Things I will always remember may seem small to somebody else, but due to the timing or situation at that moment, they stuck in my mind.
Before we were married, Tom would come by my house in the morning when it snowed and shovel without telling me. One time I found the outline of a heart in the snow on my doormat. I’ll always remember…
Once when we were engaged, he left the song “Beautiful in My Eyes” on my answering machine. The words of that song could not be more true of what a marriage should be. (The words about the lines on our faces and one last embrace always choke me up.)
When there are lines upon my face from a lifetime of smiles,
and when the time comes to embrace for one long last while,
we can laugh about how time really flies.
We won’t say goodbye ’cause true love never dies.
You’ll always be beautiful in my eyes.
You will always be beautiful in my eyes.
And the passing years will show
that you will always grow ever more beautiful in my eyes…
But my favorite thing of all was recently when I was coming out of the laundry room with yet another basket of clothes. Tom was practicing his trumpet and saw me. “Here, give me that,” he said. “Sit down.”
He went and got some music off his shelf, picked up his trumpet, and played, “The Shadow of Your Smile” for me. There I was, a tired mom and wife, without any glitz or beauty to offer, just carrying laundry. But with the music, the fatigue dropped away and so did 15 years of living. Wasn’t it just yesterday we got married?
On a related note, the kids and I are planning a surprise Valentines’s Day Party for Tom. We’re doing it on Friday night, so it really isn’t Valentine’s Day, but I wasn’t going to risk missing a date in case a certain man asks me out.
Tom doesn’t do blogs (including mine) or Facebook, so our plans are safe. We went to the dollar store today and got some decorations. Mary and I are making a red velvet heart cake, and Mary is decorating it as only she can. Emmy is going to wear her red heart dress to the party, and she even has a valentine just for her daddy. Mary has cut out a bunch of hearts and on those hearts, we are writing things we love and appreciate about the dad of our family. We are going to surprise him when he walks in so shhhhhh. I know we could wait until Father’s Day, but it will be fun to have an extra day to say thank you to the man who does so much for us all.
Wishing you a sweet Valentine’s Day. Let somebody in your life know that you love them! It is sure to bring a smile.