A Valentine’s Day to Remember

A Valentines Day to Remeber

The day of love is upon us again…Valentine’s Day. This post is a little bit of a history lesson. No, not about Valentine’s Day itself, but about a special Valentine’s Day in my life, a Valentine’s Day to remember.

I posted a video last year talking about The Proposal thanks to Mama Kat’s pretty much world famous writing prompt. I am linking up there today! Just a note: this post was first published two years ago. I’m reposting in honor of the occasion; Valentine’s Day!

Mama’s Losin’ It
Although the proposal didn’t happen on Valentine’s Day, I did receive my engagement ring that day. Okay, not really, I just couldn’t wait so I actually got it on February 12th. We did things a little different back in the 70s. I actually chose the ring and the hubs (the boyfriend then) put it on Layaway.

My husband and I grew up in the same neighborhood. I’ve known him since we were six years old. We became good friends in our teens and hung out quite a bit. Around the 18 year old mark things took a turn for the worse romantic and we fell in love.

It was a little confusing for our family and friends because a lot of them thought we were still just friends…really good, do-everything- together kind of friends. We didn’t tell a lot of people about our plans to get married. Coulda had something to do with the fact that we were only 19! I don’t know.

Here’s the special part, I had to tell my parents I was engaged before they accidentally saw me wearing the ring. Not that I was wearing the ring accidentally, but that they would accidentally SEE it.

I remember it well. My parents were in the kitchen doing the dishes together after dinner…they did that a lot. I thought it might be a good idea to tell them I was engaged while they were together and a little preoccupied.

It went a little something like this:

Me: I just wanted to tell you that Danny and I are engaged.

Mom: Engaged to do what?

Me: Get married (feeling the pressure).

Mom: Over my dead body.

Me: Do you want to see the ring?

I’m not sure they did. Danny was waiting for me on the phone so I went back to my room and told him how it went. Uh, not so good.

On Valentine’s Day Danny and I met my mom for lunch. He gave us each a rose. I don’t really remember much else about the meal which could be a good thing I suppose, or not.

Like I said, we grew up in the same neighborhood so they knew ALL about him.

me and the hubs

And that is my Valentine’s Day to Remember!

Do you have a special Valentine’s Day tale?

44 thoughts on “A Valentine’s Day to Remember”

  1. awww I LOVE this story so MUCH! haha For lots of reasons. My husband also gave me my ring at Valentine’s Day (I wrote about it for Kat like you did today). But also my oldest daughter is now 18 1/2 and beginning to think about her future in earnest.
    It would have terrified me a few years ago, but now I see her so differently.
    but an engagement?? Oh my. “Over my dead body.” LOL Your poor mama!
    Happy engagement anniversary. 33 years, that is just awesome.

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  2. awww I LOVE this story so MUCH! haha For lots of reasons. My husband also gave me my ring at Valentine’s Day (I wrote about it for Kat like you did today). But also my oldest daughter is now 18 1/2 and beginning to think about her future in earnest.
    It would have terrified me a few years ago, but now I see her so differently.
    but an engagement?? Oh my. “Over my dead body.” LOL Your poor mama!
    Happy engagement anniversary. 33 years, that is just awesome.

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  3. Congratulations on your 33 years! I remember telling my parents about my engagement. It went about the same as yours. They begged me to go to college first (I was only 18), but I was so head-over-heels in love with my Army Private, there was nothing they could say to convince us to wait. Ten years later we’re still very happily married. I can only imagine if my daughter tries to get married at 18, I’ll get a dose of my own medicine, I guess!

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    • What a sweet story! Thanks to you and your family for serving our country. Let me know how that dose of your own medicine works out for you. So far, none of my kids have gotten married young; 23, 21 and 17…not out of the woods yet!

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  4. Loved reading your story! I don’t have a Valentine’s Day story but our engagement story is one for the books. I’ll have to write it up to share on my blog sometime. Glad I stopped by from #SITSBlogging!

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  5. What a sweet and perfect story. Congratulations on 33 year. I love the fact you wrote this at Valentine’s Day. I made it to 25 years married and 3 beautiful daughters. Still have loving memories even tho we grew apart. #SITSBlogging

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  6. hahahaha Mine was similar although it didn’t happen on Valentine’s Day. My Dad’s reply was, “Well, do you like him?” Implying that love wasn’t enough that I had to LIKE him too. LOL The answer was yes and still is 11 years later! 🙂

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  7. That’s a great engagement story. We got engaged in college and my future MIL hated me for a while. She assumed we were quitting school to get married. We weren’t and she calmed down. Keep up the great writing. #SITSBlogging

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  8. I LOVE proposal stories! LOVE! And I love that you guys are still married, despite your mom’s initial reaction! I am so sorry I missed your SITS day. That is BIG! Hope you are having a great week and that the virus is GONE. xo

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  9. When my husband and I got married I really don’t think my mom thought we were going to go through with it until I was going down the aisle. She thought I was too young but I was 25. 🙂 Congrats on 33 years! We’re going on 6. 🙂

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  10. That’s such a sweet story, Laurie. My husband and I grew up together too. He actually lived in the subdivision next to mine and our mothers sold real estate for the same company at one time. However we were a little mischievous when we were in high school and my parents forbade me to see him. I’ll never forget begging my daddy to let me go to prom with him and he said, “Do you think you are going to marry this boy or something?” We laugh about it now and my daddy even told that story at our wedding rehearsal dinner. But it was not funny then. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I can just picture your mom as she “commented” on your engagement. Funny, we all got engaged and then told our parents. Now we ask that future sons-in-law ask for our daughters’ hands! The girls think it is romantic.

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