The "Share the Love Contest" brought many great suggestions for me and how to handle Valentine's Day this year.
I have used several of your suggestions. We are making it a quilting day for Alex. I will handle all calls. Lunch will be delivered from our favorite diner and I will be cooking dinner (rain or shine at the BBQ).
I wrote a poem (Be Kind! It's the thought that counts) and I put it in a photo album with family pictures set with every 2 stanzas.
Here is the poem:
We met in college across a crowded ballroom.
You were not impressed, but I saw stars & moons.
Against advice we married young, or so it seemed.
Life alone can work, but it's better as a team.
Now we were dancing the steps of life together,
as we planned for tomorrow & prayed for forever.
Life changed abruptly when, without drugs, you had Joe.
The dance steps now faster, before we mastered the slow.
It took some begging to try for a girl so fair.
Soon with drug list in hand, we were joined by Adair.
Schools were a blur with lessons failed and lessons learned.
We pointed directions, and sometimes paths turned.
We got them through college and finally sober.
Their futures assured, while our finances smoldered.
Now the rooms are clean, dishes washed, tables dusted.
Our advice is sought & occasionally trusted.
I'm thankful for our love and your every wrinkle.
I'm sorry your Johnny Depp is a man who can't tinkle.
Life is so uncertain and our years could now be few.
Each morning I thank God for another day with you.