The Things We Do For Love
Normally, me and my wife keep our Valentine’s Day simple. A thoughtful card with a box of chocolates. Three red roses which obviously is trying to shout out loudly “I Love You.” Then a home cooked dinner or breakfast with our son. It is after all a day of celebrating togetherness and the people we love.
We try to stay away from the crazy, crowded Valentine dinner at the restaurants. Personally, I find it a bit chaotic than romantic. Somehow this year, something changed.
About a week ago, my friend and her husband went to this amazing restaurant that serves the most delicious pork chops in Houston. Even more delicious is its romantic ambiance perfect for cupid’s day.
At first, it was a surprise date that I planned for me and my wife. My son will be at school and we have the time all for ourselves which we hardly have. Dinner out is usually table for 3 which in all honesty I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, our car’s navigation system decided to retire and I had to ask my wife’s help for directions. Boom! Secret’s busted.
“Aren’t we to old for this?” was my wife’s first statement when she found out I made a lunch reservation at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Memorial City. I reacted quickly and said, “No, we’re not. Besides it’s just lunch.”
Before heading to Perry’s, we passed by Marshalls to pick my wife’s Valentine gift. A day before, she saw this red Italian leather bag which she showed me. I saw the glitter in her eyes expressing how much she liked it. It was a priceless joy seeing how happy she was when she found out what her gift was.
As we waited at the parking lot for the restaurant to open, she asked me, “So, what did you wrote when you made the reservation?” I replied, “That it’s Valentine’s Day. Oh, and that it’s also our anniversary.”
“Oh my gosh, this is delicious,” muttered my wife as she ate a slice of the famous pork chops. She then added, “We’re definitely coming back here.” I replied, “The Prime Hawaiian Ribeye is delicious too.” We then started sharing our portions which by the way was big enough to bring home as left overs.
Valentine’s Day is not complete without sweets. For dessert, we had a heavenly trio of Vanilla bean crème brulée, chocolate truffle, and praline cheesecake. The crème brulée alone was enough to make one’s heart beat like crazy.
Before we left the restaurant my wife whispered, “Thank you for a wonderful Valentine’s Day.” I smiled back and said, “Your welcome. Thank you for being my Valentine.”
About 7 P.M. after my son’s tutorial class he asked me and his mom, “Are we eating in a restaurant?” He knew it was a special day because he just gave his teacher a Valentine gift that morning and he went home with a little box full of Valentine cards, candies and stickers from his classmates. Just after I suggested a take out of pizza he started chanting, “Red Lobster, Red Lobster, Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Red Lobster.” Of all the restaurants, this is his favorite. His all time favorites are shrimp fettuccine and carrot cake.
By the time we got to Red Lobster, the line was all the way outside the door. We had to tell him that the restaurant was full and that we’ll just find another place to eat. I wasn’t expecting him to cry but he did. I didn’t realize he was looking forward to go there to spend Valentine’s Day with me and his mom. He didn’t mention anything that morning. Okay, I should have read his mind.
We talked to him and explained the situation. We then added, “We can go to Carl’s Junior which is just close by. You do like their burger and sweet potato fries.” Wiping his tears he said, “Okay.”
As he lined up with his mom to order, he was already smiling and in a cheerful mood. We all enjoyed our burgers and fries as we exchanged stories and laughter.
Just before he went to bed, we played “Who laughs first,” as we tried to out do each other in a tickle contest. He made the most laugh. After we read a book called Alphabet Rescue, we said our night prayers and I tucked him to bed. Before sleeping, he placed his right arm around my arm and said,”Dad, stay with me.” So I did until he fell to sleep.
Today, I realized that Valentine’s Day is more than just about buying love theme stuff. It is about going out of our way to make the people we care about feel loved and appreciated. To let them know that what we do we do it out of love.
Whew! Valentine’s day can be intoxicating.
Thanks for sharing your day with me. Have a fun weekend.