Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Love Month

Oh, tell her. Brief is life, but love is long.
               --- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

February is the month of love. All over the country children and grownups are giving valentines, home made like the one my father left in my mother's desk when she was ten years old, and those fancy red hearts on store shelves everywhere this month.

My Barry never hesitated to tell me he loved me, not just on Valentines Day. For forty-five years he likely said those three little words to me every day, often more than once a day. But he had some wonderful ways of showing me he cared, as well.

Things I miss:
He always took my hand when we crossed the street.

One February when I was sick with a cold and had whined that I longed to see the flowers blooming again, he slipped outside while I slept and fastened paper flowers all over my azalea bushes. When I awoke, he invited me to check out "spring."

He never once forgot our anniversary, although I often did. He carefully picked a beautiful card and included a handwritten note inside. His gifts were varied and many but the little note was special.

Do you show your loved ones how much you love them? Tell them, but find ways to show them, also. Those precious little things they will always remember.

What is the most memorable way your husband or wife showed love for you on Valentines Day?

How did I show my love? It wasn't on Valentines Day, but I let Barry go to the Georgia - Florida Football game with my best friend, Joyce. I didn't want to go and I didn't want him to have to go alone. In fact, he wouldn't go alone. They turned heads when they boarded the bus and tongues wagged as gossips started. I was in St. Augustine with another friend and welcomed the happy, and a little inebriated, husband and friend there for the victory party later.


Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for sharing your life and love exchanges with Barry. You are a fellow true romantic. The answer to your posed question : What is the most memorable way your husband or wife showed love for you on Valentines Day is this; When I return home I will deliver a copy of the Valentines Day contest in the Miami Herald that asked that same question to see who would be named the most romantic couple. We won the contest on Valentines Day 1987 and were treated to a weekend at the Biltmore Hotel here. This Valentines Day I am surprising Liz with a trip back to the hotel for lunch with her two daughters that will attend. I totally understand and appreciate the great love you and Barry had .



Anonymous said...

Glenda: I love your willingness to share your romance with your readers.My husband is a romantic, also.He covers my face with tender kisses every, yes, every morning. He reminds me how very much he loves me and how much I mean to him. Try as I may, I do believe he
says"I love you" more than I do. On Valentines day he gives me gift after gift after gift. He says I deserve them all for all I do for him.No one DESERVES all this love, but I accept it with a grateful heart! In turn I make certain to cook up a big pot of chili on every special day for him. It's his favorite thing and he drools while it's cooking...so you know what our Valentine meal consists of!
What I can say is lucky me...lucky you...not everyone enjoys this gift.
Nancy Purcell

Glenda C. Beall said...

Thank you, Ash and Nancy for openly sharing your romantic moments with our readers and friends.
I am definitely a romantic - I love movies with touching romance - example, The Notebook.
In today's world, we often see romance sneered at, laughed at by many people. Movie critics can put the nail in the coffin of a movie that is tender and romantic simply by using the word sentimental.
But older folks are not afraid to share a tear or reach out and hold the hand of their loved ones. With age comes wisdom and the wise know how fragile this life is and how fortunate we are to have that one who loves us and whom we love with all our hearts.

Susan Anderson said...

I love the paper flowers on the foliage outside. What a romantic and thoughtful thing for Gary to do.

Happy Valentines Day!
Susan Anderson

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

These are wondeful memories of Barry, Glenda. You had a wonderful marriage and that is so sweet the things he did to show you how much he loved you. Thanks for sharing this posting.

Joan Ellen Gage said...

These are lovely memories of Barry. Hold them close to your heart and treasure them.
Take care!