Monday, February 9, 2009
Ruby Tuesday - Affairs of the heart
(This is an edited re-post of last year's Valentines Day. This of course for Mary's Ruby Tuesday. Who said that sentimentality is dead??)
As it is the Valentines holiday, I am happy to reminisce of this day in years yore. When I was a kid, it seems that I never received many of these valentine hearts, not unlike Charlie Brown who always yearned for one from the red haired girl. As much as I enjoy Snoopy, he got a mailbox full of these heart shaped treasures instead. Sigh.
Be that as it may, I rather enjoy this holiday as a grown-up, or at least since 1985, when I was swept off my feet by the ever lovely Patti. That year, the very first of this holiday for us, we went to a long gone restaurant in Guilford called Westwinds. I knew the piano player, and the piano was next to the fireplace which was roaring. Patti requested from said piano man the Rodgers and Hart song My Funny Valentine. It is a great song - "You make my smile with my heart". We like old romantic songs (my request was the great Satin Doll). But was it the warm fire, red wine and a piano? These were nice things, but the more important thing was we were becoming closer and closer. It was a great day, and that continues.
But one thing is different this year...my favorite florist, Daisy Dock in Derby, had a fire in 2007 and is no longer in business. They were the best around at creating those fine petal arrangements that I could surprise Patti with.
Perhaps we can reminisce (over a nice romantic meal) of the fine February 14th days of the past while looking forward to more. It may be an artificial holiday to some, but not for me...