Sunday, February 14, 2010

Shawn and I love Valentine's Day. Sorry, we do. There were plenty of years before we were together that neither of us would be thrilled about it. But since we've been together, it's always been a fun day for us. We get each other presents, we plan yummy food for the day and cocktails for the evening. And we make the day about love and being together.

This year, we couldn't do our normal celebration. There's that word again, "normal."

So we did a different celebration. We made a big Valentine's Day card, together, for each other. I gathered old cards, stickers, paper, scrapbook stuff and we made a kick ass Vday card! Right now it's hanging in Shawn's room at the hospital, but when he comes home, we'll frame and hang it. To always remember that different Valentine's Day celebration.

Everything that's happened and then today being Valentine's Day, has had me thinking about when I got married and the vows I made. About the commitment we made to each other. The whole for better or worse, in sickness and health. Our vows didn't actually have those words but said

Mina, do you choose Shahin to be your Husband, your companion and your friend? Do you promise to love him, respect him and value him through all of the circumstances of your life together?

I, Mina, give myself to you, Shahin, on this our wedding day.
I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow and forever.
I will trust and honor you.
I will love you faithfully through the best and worst, through the difficult and the easy.
What may come I will be there always.
As I have give you my hand to hold, so I give you my life to keep.

And I meant every word I said. Those words just couldn't be more true. So, even though this Valentine's Day wasn't the "normal" deal, it's been one of the most meaningful and profound.

1 comment:

Leslie in Adams Morgan said...

happy Valentines day, Mina and Shawn. :-)