What true love looks like
Posted by Trish Milburn Feb 15 2015, 12:04 am
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays you either love or hate, depending on if you are in a loving relationship at the time it rolls around. I remember in high school how all the bouquets of flowers and balloons and teddy bears would arrive at the school office, sent to many of my female classmates from the guys they were dating. I remember the sense of longing to receive one of those bouquets, and the heartbreak when I never did. Little did I know that Valentine’s Day would take on new meaning once I started college and met the man who would become my husband. He even proposed to me on Valentine’s Day.
Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become less about flowers and candy and more about appreciating the fact that I have a wonderful husband. That fact has been illustrated once again in the past couple of weeks as he has taken care of me after I fell and broke my wrist and had subsequent surgery. He runs all the errands I typically do, helps me to all those things I can’t do with one hand, and even bought me and microphone headset and figured out that Microsoft Word has a built-in speech recognition program, allowing me to dictate things such as this blog post. Yes it’s slower than my typical typing speed, but it’s better than my left-handed hunt-and-peck method of typing. He’s also the guy who when he went to pick up my pain medication returned with not only the medicine but also cake and ice cream because I needed “feeling sorry for myself” food. The things he does that don’t cost anything are the most important to me, such as when I’m feeling bad and he knows that I need a hug and support. When I fell apart a few days ago, frustrated by my injury and lack of ability to do several things on my own, he just held me and let me cry. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better person with whom to live my life.
Romance writers and Valentine’s Day are inextricably connected. And I couldn’t be more proud of being a part of the romance writing community. It has brought me so many wonderful friendships with fellow writers such as the other Romance Bandits and with readers around the globe, something that was unimaginable to me back during those high school days.
Since today is my last regular blog day here at the Romance Bandits, I wanted to thank all of you, Banditas and Bandita Buddies alike, for your friendship and support over the years. But never fear, I’m not going far. I’ll still be active over at the Romance Bandits Facebook page, so be sure to like our page if you haven’t already.