February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day. Best Left Unplanned.

I do know some single people. They all hate Valentine's Day. You know what? I don't care for it either.

We didn't make any plans for today, but for some reason, I still had expectations. Isn't that silly? 8.5 years together and I still expect SOMEthing. I put Valentine's Day in the same ballpark as birthdays. You can plan all you want and somehow it never turns out like you want it to. I looked back on an old post from 2006 (even I am amazed that I have been blogging that long). My husband tried to send me flowers- they showed up a day late and very dead. We still chuckle about that one.

We've come a long way since 2006, but one thing remains the same: when things don't go as planned, he makes up for them in big ways. He even buys cards and WRAPS gifts for me now. That is huge. HUGE. I'll confess, when he got stuck with a work issue today, I was disappointed that we couldn't go to Jack's party together. I was even more disappointed when I came home and he was on the same call and we weren't going to be able to go to lunch either. When I came home from the dentist (that's right, I went to THE DENTIST on Valentine's Day. Sexy, right?) I saw this (and no, Spiderman was not part of the gift):

He also took Jack and I out for dinner to make up for missing the school party today. Like I said, he makes up in big ways.

One thing that has changed everything for me on Valentine's Day is becoming a mom. There is nothing better than that unconditional love and today that love was no exception. It made all the things that didn't go quite right, seem so silly.

Putting Jack to bed tonight, he gave me a kiss on the cheek and as I laid him down he said, "I love you sooooo much Mommy."

That's what Valentine's Day is all about.

How did you celebrate Valentine's Day? Was it everything you hoped it would be? 


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