Today I'm delighted to welcome Liz Harris to the blog to talk about her most memorable Valentine's gift from her husband... I bet you won't be able to guess what it was ;-)
With the 14th February fast approaching, and with hearts racing at the thought of cards and gifts, I thought I'd pick a memorable St. Valentine's Day present from the past, and tell you about it.
Next August, I'll have been married to the same man for 35 years. I can hardly believe it's that long, but it is. It was going to be extremely difficult to choose just one of the many St. Valentine's Day presents I've received over the years , I thought.
But it wasn't. One present stood out above all the others, despite it having been given to me some 31 years ago.
First, to put this into context. We had two little boys, aged 3 and 2, and we were absolutely broke. We literally didn’t have a penny to spend on luxuries, such as flowers and chocolates, and I would not have been a happy bunny to receive something that shrieked SQUANDERED MONEY. The boys’ needs were our number one priority.
St. Valentine’s Day arrived. We exchanged cards over breakfast, and I was satisfied with that.
When Richard got home that evening, I was very surprised to see him put a white plastic bag on the table in front of me. It was clearly from the butcher’s, and from Richard’s expression, it was equally clearly a present for me, even though there wasn’t a satin bow in sight.
I opened it. It was 2lbs of lamb cutlets.
You have to understand that Richard LOATHED lamb, and I LOVED it. It was my favourite meat but I hadn’t been able to cook it since we got married. Richard couldn’t even bear the smell of lamb so there was no question of me doing a lamb chop for him and a lamb cutlet for me. And since the boys had been born, we’d not been able to eat out.
Over the following couple of days, I cooked my cutlets and very much enjoyed them, and during that time, Richard fixed a lot of things that needed fixing outside the house.
A present like that spoke volumes, and I’ve never forgotten it. I hope that this year all of you receive something equally memorable, which helps to make this your best ever St. Valentine’s Day.
Thank you, Sharon, for asking me to do a guest post. I hope your readers enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed my foray back into the past.
Thanks Liz, just goes to show you don't have to receive diamonds (although they are nice) to make a gift memorable.
To find out more about Liz and her books, why not visit:
The Road Back: paperback or Kindle
Evie Undercover: Kindle
A Bargain Struck (Sept 2013): paperback (Kindle link not available yet)