Redemption – A Valentine Story

I posted this story four years ago. It has remained one of my favourite Valentine posts. My apologies to the few followers who have already seen it.

I’m married to a guy (the Captain) who regularly forgets birthdays and anniversaries. After so many years, I don’t bother to make a big deal of it anymore. If it matters to me a lot, I’ll just announce the date ahead of time so we can plan something nice. I’ve learned not to expect surprises for these special days.

A few years ago we were in the middle of a flooring renovation. The carpet was pulled up revealing a shocking amount of sand and grit on the plywood underneath. The new hardwood went on clean and shiny. The job was nearly finished; only the stairs left to do. I went into town to run some errands—among them, bringing back a few chocolates for a Valentine’s Day treat—and returned just as the floor installers left for home.

The Captain met me outside by the garage. “You can’t go up the stairs. They’ve got a coating on them. It has to dry overnight.”

“How do we get to the kitchen then? Or the bedroom?”

“Come this way.” He led me around to the front of the house where a ladder was propped up to the deck railing on the second floor. “Climb up. I’ll hold the ladder.”

I chuckled at this bizarre way of entering the house. “This is like eloping, only in reverse.” I scrambled over the railing and turned to steady the ladder from the top as the Captain climbed it next. He opened the deck door to the kitchen.

I was still chuckling over how we climbed up to the deck. “Like a couple of teenagers.” Then I saw the vase on the island. “Oh, wow! Look at those roses.” That earned him a hug and a kiss. Behind the flowers, was our favourite bottle of wine, and beside it, two steaks marinating in a dish. The Valentine card propped up on the vase had a funny, gushy message on it.

I was in a little bit of shock but it wasn’t an unpleasant feeling.

“Well!” I said to the Captain.”For a guy who forgets important dates, you sure have redeemed yourself.”

30 thoughts on “Redemption – A Valentine Story

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I know how it is. It was always me who pushed for doing something special, so you can imagine my surprise. Don’t give up. One day he may surprise you. Maybe drop some hints here and there….But the important thing is that the love and caring is there every day.

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  1. roughwighting

    I absolutely love your story. Your captain is a lot like my guy. He doesn’t like to get mushy cards for our special days. A Valentine’s Day card four years ago had some kind of penguin on it and it really made little sense but he loved it so I laughed. The next year I opened his Valentine’s Day card. It was a new card but it was the exact same penguin one. He must’ve gone to the same drugstore! I didn’t mention to him that he got me the exact same card the year before. Then third-year guess what? Yep, the same card. I saved them all and then showed them to him on the fourth year. What a chuckle we had. 😍

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  2. Gladys

    Lovely, romantic story. I had a bouquet of flowers waiting for me when I got home from Sask. this week. Quite out of character, too.. I guess he missed me!

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  3. Rebekah M

    Oh what a sweet story! I’m new to this blog, so I hadn’t read it before. I understand it must have been doubly surprising, as it was totally out of character for him to come up with an idea like that. Great memory to treasure 🙂

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