I thought I would share this on my other blog: Adaughtershero, but I decided to put it together with this post because it brings it all full circle. It’s about Valentine’s Day gifts……
My father, who passed away 21 years ago, always got me a Valentine’s Day present; usually a big, fancy heart filled with candy. At one point I had held onto a couple of these for keepsakes, but now they’re long gone😟. I think this is why I still have a fondness for this Hallmark Holiday.
Not too long ago, my husband & I went out to dinner at a local Sushi restaurant down the street. We live in a downtown, urban area in a smaller city. Originally we had planned to go out with friends to another restaurant, but then their baby got sick. Since we had already arranged for my mom to come over & were ready to go out, we decided to go eat dinner at Little Tokyo together.
A few minutes after walking in, an old friend of mine from middle school came over to our table because she felt compelled to tell me something. She explained that while she was driving her car on the highway, that same day; suddenly, a memory flashed through her brain. She started thinking about the time she had slept over at my house when we were in 6th grade & my father gave her a Valentine’s Day gift because it fell on the day she was over. When I walked into the restaurant, she saw me and decided, due to the coincidence, she should share this with me. It literally took my breath away. So much so, I was pretty speechless directly following her explanation & my husband chimed in to break the silence. He nervously talked for a bit while I tried to digest this unexpected, spontaneous occurrence.
(Later I looked up the school she teaches at to get in contact with her. Writing always suits me better, anyway ✍️😊! I thanked her and let her know how much it means to me to know he touched her in this way. It also is another demonstration of how he was able to make Valentine’s Day extra special💖;for more than just me.
She also wrote this in our high school yearbook(1999); the year we were seniors…..
I tried so hard, by taking multiple photos, to make this readable, but I will write what the message says:
I can’t believe that we have one more day left. I’m so happy that you came back to G.B. and East High School. I remember sleepovers in 6th grade. Especially Valentine’s Day when your wonderful dad bought us candy chocolate hearts. I wish you the best of luck in the future. Come visit us in La Crosse! Have a fun summer. Stay in touch.
We really hadn’t spoken or hung out much since those days back in 6th grade. Having her tell me twice now that this meant a lot to her makes me overjoyed and reassured that he lives on in other’s lives; for the transcending impressions he made. It shows just one act of kindness can ripple, live on, and spread for an infinite amount of time. You just never know!
This Valentine’s Day I got my children a few gifts, but I made sure to make them each a small card and in the afternoon, today, I baked some cookies for my loved ones. This is my new tradition because it continues the act of giving on this days that my father exemplified. Wanting to stay away from too much candy, I prefered to bake something simple and special. This year I made lavender, rose, and lemon cookies. My way of giving sweets & flowers all at once!🍪🌹
Hope you had a wonderful day💐 and relaxing night🛁🌛!