We started the day by whipping up seven servings of breakfast, three Valentine boxes, nearly 100 valentines, and an emergency trip to the orthodontist to fix a broken bracket. After the last kids straggled out the door, I took a deep breath, then a nap. But wait, there was no time for a nap!
I scurried up to the high school in time to find Eddie before he went into his next class. Or rather, he found me. He saw the car through the window and came out to see what was going on. I opened the door and asked him if he wanted to play hooky for the day. His face lit up and he jumped in the car. I wanted to take him out to lunch for his birthday, but the next couple of weeks will be so crazy. This day was the closest we could get to his actual birthday, but a surprise day off school is fun anytime, isn't it?
We went home so he could have second breakfast. Then we packed up a few Valentine's Day things for our older kids and set off to do deliveries. A bouquet of carnations and a bottle of sparkling apple cider for our first boy and his wife; a matching bunch of carnations for the next boy and his fiancee, another carnation taped to the apartment door of the third boy. The carnations are our little Valentine's Day tradition, started by their dad over 25 years ago. That was the how I first started falling in love with him.
After that was done, we hit the bookstore for a good browse and difficult selection. We want all the books! We had time for lunch in the food court before heading back to school for a calculus test. He had the test, not me. That's the stuff of my nightmares!
It was a busy, full day, filled with family and love. Oh, and sugar. But that's not a happy part of the day, so we son't go into that! And that's how Valentine's Day should be.