Tuesday, February 14, 2023

A Little Love for Valentine's Day

trust your heart 
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)
e.e. cummings

My soulmate and I usually didn't do anything lavish or opulent for Valentine's Day, and that was just fine with us. I made a card for him with one of my photos or graphic designs, and as awful as some of my efforts were, he cherished themafter he passed away, I discovered he had saved them all, every single one. I saved the valentines he gave me too, and the last one is still on my bureau.

A special pot of tea was brewed, tiny cookies were made in heart shapes, and a token was sometimes carved into a piece of fruit: a smile, a kiss, a heart, a dove, a lover's knot. We shared a single piece of scrumptious dark chocolate (usually Läderach or Godiva) and went for a long walk in the woods with our canine companions, first Cassie, then Spencer, then (and now) Beau.

There were no special declarations of love and devotion on February 14th, and there was no need for them.  We told each other how we felt every day, and we were content with the way this day unfolded, no frilly gestures and lovey-dovey professions needed. We knew how much we loved each other, how good we were together, how fortunate we were to find each other so many years ago and walk this earth hand in hand.

This year, there is a handmade card on my soulmate's bureau, and I drew a heart in the snow in the garden. There is a mug of tea (Earl Grey) and a plate of his favorite oatmeal cookies on the old oak table in the dining room. Beau and I will walk in the woods this afternoon, and my beloved will be with us in spirit, tucked safe and warm in the pocket of my parka. We will tell him we love him as we did every day when he was here on earth, and as we still do, every single day. Wishing you deep and abiding love too.


Debbie Grace said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your soul mate, dearest one. Trustin' right here beside you that he is indeed right there with you. For where else would he possibly want to be? ❤️

Sending soft smiles, big hugs, and lots and lots of love.

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