I used to think Valentine's Day was for suckers. Four years ago, while living in Los Angeles a very different me had a lengthy argument with a fellow coffee shop-goer regarding the commercialism associated with this particular holiday. The consumerism plagued my sensibilities. This fabricated so-called-holiday was nothing but a bunch of Hallmark bullshit wrapped in a pretty package. It did nothing but make lovers feel inclined to buy and single people feel worthless. At least that's what I used to think...
Not that anybody asked but today really was one of the best Valentine's Days I've ever experienced. Wait--let me rephrase that; today was one of the best days of my life. It began with me waking up in bed only to find Zeus lying next to me with a heart-shaped "Post-It Note" attached to his fur. It simply read, "I love that you need '5 more minutes' anytime you wake up from sleep." This refers to the fact that regardless if it's a 10 hour night of sleep or a 10 minute nap, I always insist that five more minutes is absolutely necessary. As my own mother can attest to, this is something I've claimed since I was a child. Ahhh yes, my all-too famous line/whine, "just five more minutes."
It made my morning to find this lovingly lovely note from my lover attached to our little dog. Little did I know that throughout my daily routine I would find these notes posted everywhere. I could not help but go through my day being constantly reminded of just how well I am known by the man that I have devoted the rest of my life to. Further, not just how well I am known but how truly loved I am by him, in the deepest sense of the word. A couple of my favorite notes from the day...
- Attached to the the thermostat: "I love that you need the heat at a constant 73 degrees"
- Attached to the fry pans at work: "I love the way you can flip not only one, but two eggs without breaking a yolk"
- Inside the bag of groceries he bought for our dinner that was supposed to be a surprise: "I love that you have to peek"
On this Valentine's Day evening my valentine poured me a glass of wine and served me a meal combining the things he knows I love best...
- A high quality aged balsamic vinegar
- Oregon pinots
- Sweet potatoes
- Fresh pasta
- Goat's milk cheese
- Ice cream
Arugula Salad with Marcona Almonds, Tart Cranberries, and Shaved Manchego
Sweet Potato & Carrot Mash
Fresh Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Homemade Marinara
White-Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bomb
Really at this point I cannot help but feel like the words, "I love you" just don't cut it anymore. Evan, if this is a dream and I am sleeping please don't wake me up because I don't even think "five more minutes" will suffice. As I explained to you tonight, Forever doesn't seem long enough.