heart in a cartOne year Charles and I shopped for food a few days before Valentine’s Day. We’d agreed not to purchase gifts for the occasion since we had a weekend trip coming up the end of the month and wanted to save our cash for that.

As I perused the bread aisle, Charles meandered over to the fresh flowers, then pulled me toward the row of blooms. “See this bouquet of beautiful yellow roses?”

“Yes. It’s lovely,” I responded, then bent to take a sniff.

He picked up the bouquet and held it out to me, then took it back before I could get too attached. “This is the bouquet I want to buy you for Valentine’s Day,” he said with a wry smile, “but I won’t because of our agreement.”

“I receive them for the moment,” I said, and we both laughed.

I asked Charles to pick up some yogurt and hummus and then meet me in Aisle 14. A few minutes later he arrived, curious about what I was up to. I held out a gushy, mushy Valentine card for him to read. Then I took it back before he got too attached.

“This is the card I want to buy you for Valentine’s Day,” I said with a shy smile, “but I won’t because of our agreement.”

We hugged and kissed. We’d declared our intentions and that was that. No need for a twenty-dollar bouquet that would wilt in a few days and a card that would end up at the bottom of a pile of paper bound for the recycling bin, though I’m not saying that cards and flowers are a waste of money. But for that year, this worked for us.

We finished our food shopping and drove home to watch a romantic movie and share a bowl of popcorn.  Ah, the simple life!

Lock_HeartMy heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We’ll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
~Frederick Saunders






A Different Kind of Valentine Gift — 18 Comments

    • It seems romance can occur in any setting–even in the bread aisle or elsewhere in the grocery store! Thanks, Joe.

    • Thanks, Nancy. This year we spent a little more–we attended a Valentine Party at the art museum last week and will participate in the Mount Hermon Valentine’s Day Hymn Sing on the 14th!!

  1. How delightful! I always tell my husband that I don’t want him to buy me flowers at Valentine’s Day because the price is hiked up so much. But flowers any other time are wonderful! 🙂 I really like your and your husband’s idea, though. Absolutely delightful!

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day to both you and Charles. It would have been my 37th wedding anniversary. A day I’ll never forget. I just look back on my memories.

    • Thanks for sharing your memory of your wedding day, Mary. This must be a touching reminder to you of your years with your dear husband.

  3. Being in a travelling ministry there were many years we didn’t have a home but we did something like this once in a while. It’s also good when you don’t have a lot of money. We would go shopping for what we would buy for our house and price was no limit. Maybe it is a way to furnish that room God is preparing for me, as well.

    Thanks for the story and reminder.

  4. Hi Karen,
    This is funny. Be careful of the contracts/covenants that we make huh? LOL. That moment in your life, you will take with you for the rest of your life. What an awesome moment you two shared. When I was married, we made similar covenants, (which we didn’t keep). LOL.

    Reminds me of the time that I cleaned out my mom and dad’s house after they passed into glory. I found boxes and boxes and boxes of cards. I think that mom saved EVERY card she ever received. It was a touching moment for me. But reminded me of a mom’s love and happiness with just a simple card.

    Have a great day Karen and Charles.


    • Thanks, Jim. I loved reading about your mom and all the cards she saved. My mother-in-law had a similar practice. She loved receiving greetings on special days.

  5. Another lovely story–filled with love, romance and healthy boundaries! I love it–just like I love you and Charles! Have a wonderfu day, dear friend, filled with God’s love and the love of friends and family!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

HTML tags are not allowed.

63,477 Spambots Blocked by Simple Comments