Long before this Valentines Day 2013 there were some unhappy times.
I had a failed marriage of 20 years and I was recreating my world
as a single mother of three sons, trying to make a new home for us
and working very hard to pay the bills and all that goes along with that.
So when Valentines Day rolled around today I was reflecting on
what it means to be loved and to share this day with someone in the truest sense.
I feel so happy and fulfilled having my husband for my partner~
and I won't forget about how it was Valentines Day in 2003.
My little story setting is this: I purchased a duplex and the boys and I
lived in one side while I had a tenant living on the other.
It was a small but cute house that I had fixed up and we got
comfortable and cozy in our new space. However I was sad as that
Valentines day approached to be alone without a love in my life.
Valentines Day is the day that is a relentless reminder of how
great it is to be in love and part of a couple.
Little did I know my youngest son Colin was well aware
that on this day of romance and flowers his mom was going to
be shut out....I just wish I had a photo to share, but since I don't I will try to describe it
so you can be there with me in my mind as I go back that morning.
My little bedroom was painted a light apple green with white lace panels hanging from
the two corner windows so it would be as bright and cheerful as it could be. I had a silver iron
bed that I found at Bombay company and I dressed it in white matelasse spread.
~china cabinet I used to use as a clothing closet~
The closet was so tiny I bought a tall skinny french china cabinet to store
all my sweaters which I folded and sorted by colors. This china closet is now
in our dining room, as is the bombe chest I used for my dresser. The small rooms was tight
quarters with these three pieces but it was pretty and romantic. There was a bathroom inside the bedroom which was pretty neat, as this house was built in 1889~and originally it was the only bathroom
in the house. So it felt very English to have this vintage bath right off my bedroom.
So anyway, this Valentines Day I was just determined to get through it. I would
solider on with the belief that my Mr. Right was out there somewhere....
I started my day with a lovely hot shower but I couldn't dismiss the melancholy.
After showering and toweling dry, I wrapped my towel about me and one for
my hair, turban style and exited the tiny bathroom...and as I opened the door
I saw the sweetest thing EVER!
My littlest son Colin was on bended knee with a small black velvet box.
He was 12 years old. He said to me, "Will you be my Valentine?"
Awww, my heart just melted~it was the sweetest thing I think any of my kids have
ever done for me. My heart melted and I felt so lucky to have such
a thoughtful and caring son. I think of him sharing this special
holiday someday when he marries a lucky girl. Yes she will be lucky indeed.
Inside the box?
A pair of cubic zirconia diamond earrings!
He wanted to buy real diamonds for me he told me, but
I told him that these were more special than real diamonds would ever be.
In just two months time I would meet my forever man, David.
I call him Mr. Maison Decor on these pages~but Dave is
one in a million and I am so lucky to have found him. That Christmas in 2003 I snapped
a photo of him at our duplex kitchen table (we only had two rooms on the first floor,
an eat in kitchen and a tidy living room). I was falling madly in love
with him and hoped he was falling for me too.
Look how young Colin is next to Dave. Brandon stands next to Colin~
they are wearing their neckties that was always our Christmas Eve tradition.
Dave would become their beloved step-dad in two years time.
My days of bouncing around from house to house with my sons as
a single mom trying my best to make a life for us all,
would soon be coming to an end.
We would be a real family with a happy ending!
So believe in love~
because it really can come true!
Happy Valentines Dave~I love you!