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That was the day that C, the receptionist, received a huge bouquet of a dozen red roses.

Aww, I thought. So sweet. Of course, she’s been married about ten minutes … so her husband still does all of those thoughtful, romantic things.

I indulged myself in a moment of … not sadness, exactly … more like nostalgia. When my husband and I were first married, we defined the word smitten. Each day was filled with pet names and inside jokes and cuddling on the couch. We lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Burbank with a talkative tortoiseshell cat named Squeaky. I used to have to dodge him while I got dressed for work because he couldn’t see my bare skin without wanting to, um, admire it very thoroughly. We would go to work, and spend all day looking forward to getting home to each other. The Beloved.

Fast forward a number of years. Our marriage had survived major illnesses, relocation to a new state, the death of a parent, the birth of a child, and the loss of that dear little chatty cat. Each day was filled with diapers, daycare worries, and intensive time management. Cuddling on the couch? We were happy if we got to sleep four hours IN A ROW at night, before our toddler with the sleep issues reared his adorable head. My husband was able to brush past my half-dressed figure every morning in a sleep-deprived haze. We would go to work, and spend all day looking forward to getting home to bed. Not because we were eager to do the no-pants-dance … because we wanted to be unconscious.

I admired C’s roses on my way to lunch. She was beaming.

When I came back from lunch, a single red rose in a vase was waiting for me on my desk. A box of Godiva chocolates and a card sat next to it.

“Ohhh!” I opened the card. Not only had he picked out a card, bought a rose, and hand-delivered them … my beloved had written me a poem!

I blinked back tears.


We still had It.

Years of shared daily life had not dimmed our shiny love.

I opened the box of chocolates. Inside was a little red envelope reading, “You’ve just won a diamond necklace!”

I smiled and picked out a chocolate. Phhhft. A diamond necklace. Heh.

“Listen to this, D,” I said. “I MAY HAVE WON a diamond necklace!”

Laughing, I offered her the box. She picked out a chocolate and said, “What?”

I opened the envelope and read the card to her, still laughing.

D listened, and said, “It sounds like you really did win a diamond necklace.”

“No, I’m sure it’s just some marketing thing to get me on a mailing list.”

“Let me see that.”

I handed her the card, and picked out another chocolate.

“Lisa,” she said slowly. “I think you really did win a diamond necklace!”

“No way. That’s crazy.”

Reader, I won a diamond necklace.

I filled out the little form, had it notarized, and returned it via registered mail.

My best friends at Godiva Chocolates sent me a slender gold chain with a 1.5 carat diamond solitaire pendant attached to it.

I like to think that even without the sparkling surprise attached … that was still the best Valentine’s Day ever, because I wasn’t expecting anything, and my Beloved made me feel like a newlywed again.

But I must admit: that wholly unexpected bauble didn’t hurt!

P.S. And that guy who made the lucky purchase? There’s still no one I’d rather go through death and diapers with.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Beloved.


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Feb. 14th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)

that is a beautiful story
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jo.

Feb. 14th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Awe--and yah for diamond necklaces!!!
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)

*clutches heart*

Oh, it's just you, Amanda ... and your leetle friend.
Feb. 14th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
The only thing better than a husband who makes you happy on purpose is one who can do by accident as well!

Great story!
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
You said it, sister!
Feb. 14th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Your story left me smiling.
What a sweet romantic thing to do; that diamond is not the only gem you won. My husband and I are still newlyweds and I'm enjoying the way that romantic love has deepened into shared mutual support and encouragement for each of us to follow our dreams. He's doing great with a couple of meaningful offers in the writing department(and a nice side gig as a publicist)and I've got my own business going empowering leaders to reach another level, in addition to my "day job". Ain't love grand? There's nothing quite like it when the power of two is exponentially multiplied.
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
Re: Your story left me smiling.
Thanks, Deb.

And what about your writing?
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Still writing
I'm focused on developing the content for my company which includes essays on character building, leadership development, increasing satisfaction in life and work, and becoming our best selves.

This type of writing resonates deeply within me as it embodies my beliefs and ideals. I find it satisfies my need to create; I'm excited by the entire project.

Thanks for the gentle reminder though, we all need to act in accordance with our individual visions and choose ways that lead to personal fulfillment and connection to the greater whole. Helping others along as they make their own journey is a bonus. So far, I'm lovin' it.
Feb. 14th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
That is just the sweetest story (in several ways!) Thanks for sharing, it is a keeper and got me nice a teared up, in a good way!
Feb. 14th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this story! So glad you shared it. :)
Feb. 14th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Aww, this story made me tear up! Thank you for posting it.
Feb. 14th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
I love it!
Feb. 14th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Neat story! Very sweet!
Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed that.
Feb. 15th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
A Valentine's to remember . . .

Feb. 15th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, how sweet! What a lovely, lovely day. Hugs.
Feb. 15th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
That is a lovely lovely story!
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
AWWWWWWWWWWWW! This is a charming post.

but what I want to know is, what didja get yesterday? heh.
Feb. 16th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Excellent post!
Feb. 16th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
THAT IS A GREAT STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb. 16th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
You got me all teary-eyed at a public library... I too have been married "ten minutes" but dated my husband for five years first. I sincerely hope that we will have what you guys have many years into our marriage!
Feb. 16th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you will.

My husband and I dated for a long time before we got married, too - four and a half years.
Feb. 18th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
That is so sweet!
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