On our first Valentine’s Day together, George was fishing in the Bering Sea and I was at work in an office. I remembered today how surprised I was all those years ago when a gigantic bouquet of big red roses showed up for me as I sat at my desk, along with a gourmet box of handmade truffles. Everyone in the office was pretty excited, especially me. I had never had such an exquisite Valentine’s Day (even if it was long distance)!
George has always been a man of fine taste, though, and generous with his gifts. Although he’s been at sea for every Valentine’s Day we’ve had together, he’s always planned ahead to make sure an impressive bouquet of roses is delivered before the day is over. I remember the way I used to get up on the morning that I expected the roses to arrive and clean the house top to bottom just so I could relax and enjoy the roses in an especially nice setting.
I’m not sure I should expect a surprise delivery at my door this year. If one does show up, I doubt it will be roses; after a Dungeness crab season like this last one, a colorful arrangement of random flowers is more likely!
George really surprised me on Mother’s Day last year, however, by actually hiding a present and card in the house before he left for the halibut and blackcod season in Alaska. That hidden present was one of the biggest surprises I’ve ever received, and the gift was perfect.
Today, I am going to sit down with my little Valentines at home and make cards that we will drive around and deliver to my family. I think that is the best way to spend the day, and I’m looking forward to it. If any surprises show up at my door, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Happy Valentine’s Day!