Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
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Tuesday, February 08, 2011


I waited at the airport terminal for him to exit the plane. We embraced and together collected his luggage. He opened his suitcase and pulled out a crinkled brown bag that was somewhat damp. "This is for you" he said and I reluctantly took this strange gift, opening it to discover a small bouquet of roses, carefully packed and looking as fresh as the moment he cut them for me.

Our courtship included lots of presents. He showered me with poetry books by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and other favorites. He bought me several pieces of lovely jewelry. The first Valentines Day after we met, he sent a huge bouquet of roses to me at work. It was a thrill to display them on my desk for people to admire and inquire...and envy:) He showered me with gifts just the way women always hope a man will do.

While he was giving me those gifts and entertaining me with laughter and excitement, he was preparing a lifetime of gifts by listening. After our marriage the glittery gifts faded away to be replaced with a new type of gift. Ron hears and remembers my wishes and makes my dreams come true.

(Okay, some of you might remember the Case backhoe he gave me one Valentine's Day, but it was used for making my dreams come true so it was a good present and it was accompanied by flowers and candy. LOL)


  1. So glad you have found your special soul is truly a gift.

  2. What a lovely man - you make a lovely couple.

  3. Listening is the biggest gift of love.


  4. "How Do I love thee?
    Let me count the ways."

    1. He has a terrific sense of humor and can always make me laugh.

    2.He is a great kisser..

    3.He has always been a good worker and provider..

    4.He once gave me a wind up alarm clock for Valentine's Day and he thought it was a wonderful and romantic gift.

  5. Who could ask for more than to be listened to and heard? That's love.

    Lovely, Annie!

  6. He's a keeper! Happy Valentine!

  7. I loved reading your perspective on Valentines Day. I'm glad you are so loved up.

  8. Awww you are so lucky to have a generous Partner!
    One SIL says it's a "Hallmark" holiday to make the company money, so he doesn't celebrate it as a special day. I think if you're lucky enough to have the love, you should definately celabrate it! Feeling special always helps-
    (I wish someone would buy me a backhoe...)

  9. Changes in the wind – It is a “soul mate” thing.

    Lynn – We are a good couple, but not sure if “lovely” would describe us. Picture Ma and Pa Kettle and you’ll get a better idea.

    Chatty Crone – You are so right about listening being the best gift and I’m not a very good listener. I have gotten better at it since knowing Ron and I try every day to improve.

    Nancy – You and I both value that gift of laughter. It is top on the list and should be. Ron promised me a life of laughter and abject poverty. Did you get the alarm clock so you would be sure to get up in time to fix his breakfast? LOL

    Talon – It’s funny because Ron remembers things said years ago and holds onto them until he comes across just the right thing I had wished for.

    Rosaria – He is a keeper for sure. And I’m so glad he keep me too.

    LL Cool Joe – I am “loved up”. Great expression I shall use:)

    Snaggle Tooth – Everyone should me made to feel special all the time.

  10. No, Annie, what made the wind up alarm clock such a strange Valentine Gift is that we were not married yet!

  11. Nancy -- That has to be the funnest courtship present ever. Hilarious!