Today is Valentine’s Day, a day of love, chocolate, and sappy, syrupy cards.

#meh

The problem is I’m a sappy, syrupy kind of guy, as both my wife and daughters will attest to. I enjoy the giving part of Valentine’s Day. Today, it was flowers and chocolate for my wife, a carnation and ballon for my youngest daughter, and tonight, my wife is bringing home heart shaped pizza!

#hoorayforpizza

I’ve never known any different, it’s just what I’ve done, period. I’ve not felt obligated to do such things, I just love the smiles. Apparently, this is something tremendous.

#seriously

We were in class, and two of my students asked what I’d done for my wife, and I told them what I’d done this morning and what we’d do tonight. They both started to tear up!! Now, before I go much further, my wife and I have never hid the fact we love each other. I’ve not been much on hiding public PDAs, so while we aren’t making out in the grocery store, a hug, holding hand, a quick kiss in public is never out of the question. A couple of the youngest daughter’s friends were sent a snap of us holding hands, and the reply snaps were “#goals”, “awwwww”, and “your parents are so cute”. I usually say that about old people, so I guess we are old!

#damnitwhendidthishappen

Anyway, they start in about how this so cute, then ask me how long we’ve been married. Their eyes get really big when I say almost 24 years, and suddenly, “You STILL do stuff like that after you’ve been married that long??” Well, yes. “OMG, I want a marriage like yours!”

#blush

Now, as a couple, we fight, I don’t always listen really well, and with the stroke, she get frustrated with my inability to find words, but in the end, I love this woman dearly. If, as a teacher, I can be a role model, not only in the classroom, not only on social media, but in real life…….wow.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Melissa. I love you! ๐Ÿ™‚