Posted on February 07 2022
I used to hate Valentine’s Day.
Like every little girl, I was always very excited to see if I got a valentine card from a special boy in grade school. Many times that never happened. As a teenager, I just wanted a date for the church banquet. That didn’t happen much either. In my 20’s I just wanted a date. I spent many Valentine’s Day alone in my apartment. So, I grew to hate this day. All the angst about a date, a present, if someone liked me enough to ask me out, what would I wear…Good grief…it was an exhausting time of the year.
Then I met Terry. And I had a real boyfriend date for Valentine’s Day! I was excited to say the least.
Our first Valentine’s Day is one of those stories that gets told over and over. I am not sure if our kids still roll their eyes when we tell it, but they could finish the story for me.
In 1987, I was actually anticipating Valentine’s Day. Terry and I had been dating for a while and we were already talking about marriage. So, I was excited to see what the night would hold.
A few days before Feb. 14th, an older friend and mentor asked me to take her place at a 4-hour conference on the 14th. It was one of the political conferences of the 80’s. I wasn’t particularly interested in the topic, but she was my mentor and needed someone to go, so I went. Ok, you want to know the topic, don’t you….it was Star Wars (not the movie!) … SDI, Strategic Defense Initiative.
Fast forward a few hours, and Terry and I are sitting in the restaurant. It was my favorite Chinese place in Dallas. I was all dressed up with a new dress on and, yes, with 80’s big hair. Terry wore a suit…yep, he wore suits a lot back then! As we were eating, Terry starts to grill me about the conference. He wasn’t particularly positive about this initiative, and he kept throwing questions at me. I was getting more and more upset. This was not what I wanted to talk about at our Valentine Dinner! And I certainly didn’t want to debate or argue about something I could have cared less about. I ended up in tears and ran to the bathroom. It was a few long minutes before I came out. Terry was sheepishly apologetic.
I don’t remember if I got a gift that night. But I have received a gift every Valentine’s day since then. BTW, I know that I didn’t get an engagement ring that night, but a month later, he did propose. Nice jewelry always helps!
Whether it is a girlfriend, a daughter, a wife, a granddaughter, or just a friend, every girl likes to get a little something on Valentine’s Day. And…jewelry is always a good choice. Come and check out what we have. You can get your special someone a gift she will never forget and know that your money goes to help those in India who cannot help themselves. Hopefully, you will have a good story to tell your children as well.
Tina’s Toes reminding you to treat her right on Valentine’s Day!