I thought I would take a minute to wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day.
I was unable to eat and drink today because of a test I needed to fast for. So when H and my sons came to pick me up from the hospital at 4 this afternoon (and I was cleared to eat & drink again), I was both hungry and thrilled.
I had big plans for the evening with my two Valentines (my twin sons). But I was too tired to follow through. I could barely keep my head up at the dinner table. It wasn’t long before I needed to retreat to the coziness of the couch and my thick blanket and loyal dogs.
I thought my boys would be disappointed — they usually are when I need to lie down. But they amazed me by understanding my exhaustion. They thanked me for making their special Valentine cards (I stayed up all night last night crafting Valentines for them and for their teachers) and for the little gifts I made for them.
And then they brought me the gift they made for me. They found an unused box and filled it with 2 new rolls of Scotch tape, a giraffe-shaped soap dispenser, and some special things from around the house (seashells, bits of coral, a photo of a sea turtle). They then decorated sheets of copier paper and wrote “To Mom” and “Love, Us” on them. They wrapped the box in their creations and topped it with an old Christmas bow.
They were grinning from ear to ear when they presented me with their box. They were taking a rare reprieve from bickering with one another, so I knew this was important!
Struggling to keep my eyes open, and soaking wet and shivering from alternating hot flashes and night sweats that are really day sweats (thank you, radical hysterectomy and Tamoxifen!), I thought I was letting my kids down. But when they presented me with that special box, I knew I was wrong. They were happy to have me as their valentine, whatever my condition. And I realized how lucky I was.
Their squabbling soon resumed and we had to get the homework show on the road, but I still felt like a lucky girl.
Tonight I realized that I have two very special valentines.
I hope that you, too, have a special person/child/dog/cat/friend/goldfish in your life. Good night & warmest wishes, dear readers…