Outwardly, I poo-poo Valentine’s day as a sham holiday made up by the Hallmark people to sell more cards. Inwardly, I want the whole cliche. I want to be woo’d, have flowers delivered to me, be showered with gifts and candy and generally be treated like a princess. I tell everyone, Steve included, that we can just skip Valentine’s Day since our anniversary is a mere two weeks later, but deep down inside I hope to be spoiled a little. If you are one of about three people who saw the 1994 movie “Only You,” you may remember what I consider the most romantic gesture in cinema history. Marisa Tomei plays a woman who flies to Italy in search of her soulmate, a man she knows only by name. Robert Downey, Jr. plays a guy who’s in love with her, but isn’t “the one” since he doesn’t have the correct name. As she’s getting ready for an evening with the man she thinks she’s destined to be with, RDJ shows up with a pair of custom-made shoes to go with her dress. He’s a shoe rep and knows her size and style. Naturally, the shoes not only fit her perfectly, but coordinate with the dress as well. Now that’s what I call romantic!
With all this tough-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside crap I keep dishing out, you can imagine how pleased I was to receive a lovely surprise at work in the form of a flower delivery. Steve sent me a wonderful arrangement of potted tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and ivy along with some other flowers I can’t identify. It was so nice and very unexpected. They are lovely and I loved that I never saw them coming.
So while the potted flowers aren’t custom-made shoes, I consider them a wonderfully romantic gesture. Thank you, Steve for a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise!