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Happy Valentine’s Day

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.   -Eurpides

Bob and I would delight in giving each of you a beautiful bouquet and chocolates to celebrate this day of love.  Since we cannot do that in reality we are sending wishes to you for a lovely day and photos of past spring flowers!  To add to the spirit of the day, how about listening to a little music?  If your answer is yes, please click on the arrow below and you will hear Love is a Many Splendored Thing. 

From childhood I have looked forward to and loved Valentine’s Days.  A holiday devoted to expressions of love and friendship and, of course, delicious sweet treats always seemed perfect – never sappy, sentimental or commercial.  Some of the days were not all that I wanted them to be, of course, but I never wavered in my happy anticipation and enjoyment of at least parts of the days.  Unsurprisingly my most exciting and enjoyable Valentine’s Days came after Bob and I got together.  The first time he sent me two dozen long-stemmed red roses was not only thrilling but reassuring about our blossoming relationship.

On Valentine’s Day 1959 my parents gave my brother Bob and me the best gift ever.  We were awakened that morning by our grandparents rather than our parents and were told to go to the phone which was puzzling and intriguing.  My Dad told us that we had a baby brother.  Mark was the adored baby in the hospital nursery because of being born on that day with red hair.  Bob and I ran through the house giggling and squealing.  The start of many terrific times for our family.  Mark passed from our lives far too soon but the love he gave lives on in everyone who knew him.  Mark is always in my heart but each Valentine’s Day I remember his joie de vivre, bear hugs and his laugh that was so full of happiness it made everyone laugh who was within earshot.

Hope you devote a little or a lot of time to enjoying this day of love in your own special ways!


New Dawn rose bush climbing and blooming her way to top of the second story of our house.

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mille,

    Bob and I loved reading your childhood memories. You did a beautiful job of expressing them and considering you wrote them while being in pain and on drugs is quite impressive. We hope you feel better very soon!

    Linda and Bob

    February 14, 2012
  2. Mille Fennig #

    Because of my February birthday, and my mother always telling me that I was her best Valentine’s present ever…this has always been my favorite time of the year. Growing up in Kentucky, my grandmother had a birdbath surrounded by crocuses and jonquils and they sometimes popped up through snow still on the ground. I can remember, in vivid detail, the hues (pinks, blues, yellows, etc) and the smells of the hyacinths. So amazing, just through our senses) how we can instantly be four years old again…and back in my grandmother’s yard…anyway…thanks, Linda for touching that part of my brain…and allowing me to timewarp back to better times.

    I’m am still apologizing for my drug addled brain…constant pain meds for two weeks now since I hurt my back…so excuse errors, typos, syntax, etc…Hopefully everyone gets the gist of what I’m trying to say….in the big scheme, I’m sure it doesn’t matter. But REALLY THANKS for jogging my memory…as usual…you’re blog is charming.

    February 14, 2012
  3. Bob #

    Thank you all for those comments!
    Hope you have a love filled Day today!

    February 14, 2012
  4. Don #

    Good to remember Mark. I’m looking forward to a new garden tour this spring. Joy to you and Bob today.

    February 14, 2012
  5. bobster #

    What a great way to start the day! Reading this really put me in a great frame of mind. I love your writing, it just paints a vivid picture for me….especially about the description of Mark. Yep, he was able to really put a bear hug on you…huh? Thanks again for the awesome pics! Have a great V day!

    February 14, 2012
  6. Claudia #

    And a very Happy Valentine’s Day to both of you. Enjoyed the flowers very much.

    February 14, 2012

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