Article: Roving Reporter: Valentine's Day: My only Valentine!

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By Sharon Brown on February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day has an interesting history but nobody seems to know when or where the love angle originated. It really doesn't matter, does it? It reminds us of Love anyway, and that's what's truly important, being reminded of Love.

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Feb 7, 2012 11:06 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I went to an all boys school and it was strict so we never had the chance to meet many girls, however I did know one I later married. We never sent cards to anyone and if you got one you hid it, otherwise the jokes and the sarcasm were cruel from your peers. It was only when I became engaged to be married and we were in Winchester in February that Valentines day suddenly seemed to be important, but I was at a loss for I have never bought a card let alone a present! i asked my best friend and he told me the normal things like Champagne, a dozen red Roses, chocolate or a candlelit dinner for two, but everyone else was doing that and I wanted something different. My fiance Sarah loved Japanese maples so I managed to get to Notcutts nursery which is very famous here and buy her an expensive Coral Bark maple. I gave it to her and a card, needless to say she loved it and planted it as soon as we got home. Every year since then I buy her another Japanese maple and this Valentines day will be number 17.
Although my wife has other Japanese maples all the Valentine Day maples are numbered and the names kept in her little book. I know this may sound strange but it is what she loves as if you buy chocolates they are soon eaten (that day), and quickly forgotten. Whereas she can look at all her maples in the Autumn/fall to see the stunning colours and all the memories each one holds.
Great Article Sharon.
Regards from a cold England.
+ Phoenix.
Feb 7, 2012 5:56 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Neil, you are an amazingly thoughtful and very nice man. What a beautiful gift.
One that for sure keeps on giving.

Thank you so much for sharing, and please share these hugs with Phoenix and Sarah!!
Group hug Group hug Group hug
Feb 7, 2012 6:52 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Lovely story, Neil!
Feb 8, 2012 11:31 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Sharon and Nancy, thank you for your kind comments. Although Sarah gets her Japanese maple each Valentines Day I still have to make her a lovely dinner and get her a card! The only difference now after 17 years is I can sign the card. Rolling on the floor laughing Sarah is like a child on Christmas morning on Valentines Day as she eagerly awaits her present and looks forward to her surprise dinner.
Rest assured there is still some romance behind it all.
Regards from a snowy England.
+ Phoenix.
Feb 8, 2012 3:43 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Sweet story~
aka Kiska at other sites

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