Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anatomy of a Valentines Day

It began like most mornings this time of year. The sun rising over an overcast grey winter sky. The chill of yesterdays rainy sleet forgotten with the weak assurance a warmer day. After all, it's Valentines Day!

While concoting an incredibly tasteless corn beef and hash breakfast I made the rash decision to forgo dinner at a local chain restaurant and indulge instead with T-bone steaks, maybe rib eye's, and a bottle of red wine. Served with romantic candles in the privacy of home!

All that was left was to make the trip to the grocery and pick up the provisions for my amorous venture after work. I had the menu memorized by the end of the day, adding and subtracting and had arrived at the most appealing meal ever imagined!

And then.......

The car would not start. Stuck in the employee parking lot with panic rising in accordance to the diminishing daylight.

A quick call to my Love. "THE CAR WON'T START!!"

"Do the lights come on?"

"Yes! I just got a new battery not so long ago!"

"Where are you?"

"The parking lot at Elvis World!"

"I'll be right there."

Oh how I love him! No rebukes, no fussing, no nothing.

Just "I'll be right there." As beautiful and as lovely as "I love you" and more substance than a box of chocolates.

"Try putting it in neutral then back to park. Then try to start it."

"Oh!!! It started!"

"Come on home"

Damn. There goes the trip to the liquor store for the wine, Kroger's for the steak, and the bakery for some kick butt cup cakes! Rats! My plans dashed at the last minute!

I found a bag of frozen raw shrimp in the freezer, sea food boil in the cupboard. A box of chocolate cake mix and powered sugar and just enough left over coffee for a tasty frosting. Potato's and chicken and green beans - that was our Valentine dinner.

Oh and just enough coconut rum for two cocktails.

Never was a more fantastic dinner.



Perfect in everyway. Some things are just meant to be.

Lisa :-] said...

Much more exciting than the crappy restaurant we went to...

colleen said...

What a lovely story and well told. I love a good impromtu celebration.

menopausal mama said...

Sometimes the best Valentines days are the ones left unplanned. My hubby and I decided not to do anything, but then we secretly "surprised " one another with some wine in the backyard garden, a box of chocolates and some take-out Chinese food. We had an excellent time!! Really like your blog--just came across it while blog hopping. I'm going to subscribe while I'm here! You can find me at if you want a good chuckle! if you like it a lot, follow me on Google Friend Connect. Thanks for sharing---I'll be back! (you'll find my subscription under Marciakesterdoyle!

Classic NYer said...

Sometimes plans just ruin everything and you just have to go with the moment. I'm glad you had an awesome Valentine's. :-)

thegirlfriendmom said...

Elvis World! I love it. And you're right, what better than, I'll be right there! That is romance! Glad you stopped by thegirlfriendmom, cuz now I'm following you!

The Gal Herself said...

I think your real-life Valentine's Day is more romantic than a lot of the Hallmark-inspired stuff I saw. Good for you two!