Valen­tines prov­ing to be a grate­ful day

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Valen­tine’s Day - it has its haters, and ap­pro­pri­ately, its lovers.

Some peo­ple rail against the com­mer­cial­ism of it, but I think Valen­tine’s Day can serve a wor­thy pur­pose. It’s a chance to stop and ap­pre­ci­ate the things that make us, us.

In my house, we’ve never made much of a fuss about the 14th - not many bou­quets have been ex­changed - but I be­lieve that it’s a fit­ting day to say… thanks.

Thanks for be­ing the calm in those mo­ments when I am the storm.

Thanks for un­der­stand­ing that when you’re mak­ing your sup­per­time snack, we’ll never know if I truly mean that I don’t want any un­til you have set­tled be­side me on the sofa with your por­tion-for-one.

And while we’re on that, thanks for or­der­ing the dish with­out co­rian­der, so that I can have some too.

Thanks for be­ing par­tic­u­lar enough about how the fire­wood is stacked that you never ex­pect me to help.

Thanks for ask­ing how our day was, but for never, ever ask­ing what I’ve done all day.

Thanks for be­ing proud of me. Thank you, on the evening that the preg­nancy test un­ex­pect­edly showed up its dual pink lines, for hav­ing the courage to whis­per from your pil­low to mine that you were ex­cited. Re­ally, thanks for that. That one counts for a lot.

Thanks for see­ing how bril­liant my sis­ter is.

It took some time, but thank you for grow­ing to tol­er­ate the trio of chick­ens. Nope, we prob­a­bly don’t save any money by gath­er­ing our own eggs, but watch­ing our two-year-old wan­der around with a hen in his arms is pretty cute, right?

Thank you for the long days, which you do for us. Thank you for some­times com­ing home early, which you do for us too.

Thanks for leav­ing me the salted caramels.

Thank you for be­ing sucked into watch­ing ter­ri­ble TV shows with me. Love Is­land was to­tally my fault and I dragged you down with me.

Thank you for your fam­ily. Thanks for bring­ing me hon­ey­comb from your hives. It’s a won­der­ful al­ter­na­tive to those im­promptu bou­quets.

Thanks for un­der­stand­ing that, although men and women are equal in many ways, you will still do the vast ma­jor­ity of the heavy lift­ing in our re­la­tion­ship.

Thank you for the Sun­day sleep-ins.

Thanks for tread­ing water in the mid­dle of the river for those long min­utes be­fore I man­age to jump in.

Thank you for what­ever comes next. It’s go­ing to be great.


Valen­tines Day a chance to ap­prieci­ate the lit­tle things.

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