As I’ve mentioned, my husband and I aren’t big on Valentine’s Day. Last year I baked a cake and we ordered a Chinese take-away. This year we talked about having our own fruit de mer, but when my husband said he’d have to go out first thing in the morning to get the seafood fresh, I tried to convince him that it wasn’t worth it. But he was adamant, not knowing that fresh seafood was not the only reason why he wanted to go to the shop first thing in the morning.
He wanted to get us fresh flowers and apparently, during Valentine’s Day, the lovely fresh flowers are known to disappear real fast and if you buy them mid-morning all you’ll ever get are left-overs. Come to think of it, this may be the reason why I never got any roses on Valentine’s Day, not that I ever complained or that it mattered.
So there he was along with other husbands/boyfriends rushing to get the first blooms and all they found were crap ones. When they asked a member of staff, it turns out that the delivery van was late! I found that funny, of all days, he was late to deliver the flowers on Valentine’s Day! He probably just made a side-trip to deliver his flowers to his wife/girlfriend. Anyway, seeing the disappointed/panicked faces of the bewildered husbands/boyfriends – the same staff took pity on them and told them that there were actually about five fresh bouquets at the garage. Before she even finished her sentence, my husband was out in a flash.
To make the story short, he got the best two bouquets from the bunch. Of course I was really touched, I finally got my lovely red roses, but what really, really, made my Valentine’s Day is that he didn’t forget his daughter. You see, little T loves flowers too. I guess she sees her dad buy me flowers every now and then. She once told me “I want Dada to buy me flowers too” I told her I’m sure he would oblige if we asked him. I’ve been meaning to, but keep forgetting.
We heard him park up in front of the house, still in our pyjamas, Little T and I watched him from the window. When I saw the flowers I said to her “Dada has bought us flowers! It’s for you and me” Her face broke into the sweetest smile and when he came in, I quickly said “Dada, thank you for buying me and Little T flowers“. And winked at him, just so he’d know that I was going to share my flowers with her, not knowing that she had her own! So here she is, smiling for the camera with her tousled hair and first ever bouquet.
My husband said “I just wanted to be the first one to ever give her flowers” Wasn’t that sweet? She was ever so pleased and even asked me if she could arrange the flowers herself. I let her. Now her beautiful flowers are in a vase in her bedroom. She likes to look at it and say “I love my flowers!”
As for the fruit de mer – it was absolutely delicious! Never mind if we didn’t talk about anything romantic and instead ended up talking about history. Actually we were talking about Hilary Mantel’s multi-award winning book “Wolf Hall” which I haven’t read and he liked. He mentioned about how Cromwell lost his wife and two daughters in the sweating plague at that time. What was sad about this is that he never really knew his youngest daughter and his only memory of her, is a little girl in wings (which he made for her) and refused to take off. He never even had the chance to have her portrait taken, so there was nothing for him to remember her by, except that one memory of a little girl in wings. It broke my heart.
This post is linked up with PODcast’s What’s The Story.
How was your Valentine’s Day?