I vividly remember my first real Valentine card and by that I mean posted through the letterbox with NO idea who it was from.
I was 14 and was completely teased by my two older brothers. However, with a little detective work I found out it was from a boy in my eldest brother's year – the 6TH form, how scary?! My brother was mortified – he couldn't understand how someone of his age could possibly fancy his little sister?
Anyway, I seem to remember he walked me home from the school play, came in for coffee (how grown up) and kissed me…aaaaaargh! The next day I decided it was not to be, so bravely told him that whilst I liked him it was not in THAT way. Very grown up I thought, so imagine how completely crushed I was when his response was, "Don't flatter yourself!" So much for the maturity of a sixth former!
I do think the thrill of the unknown was just fab and I still don't know who sent me a card when I was at college – it was postmarked Rochdale. I remember wishing they'd given me a clue as it seemed such a waste knowing someone liked me, who's to know it wasn't mutual.
The best Valentine's Day for me was when Dan and I were doing up an old cottage. It was vile, cold, old and minus any mod cons. Well, I was asked to dress warmly for the evening as he had a surprise…
Dan had brought an antique table into the almost derelict cottage and laid it beautifully, cooked a divine meal and covered the room with candles. A real fire provided the warmth and there we stayed till morning. Now that's what I call romantic!
Unlike the next Valentine's Day when he decided to present me with a ring box! My heart was suddenly beating off the scale – I gingerly opened it to find nestling inside was a rolo…yes a ROLO!
He thought it was romantic to give me his last rolo. Well, along with the little note saying "maybe next time". That scored him a big fat zero. Actually, I seem to remember I did see the funny side of it and guess what, I've still got the rolo!
The worst…Well let's just say that to agreeing to go to dinner with an ex was not one of my better decisions.
I hope I've triggered off some happy if not amusing memories of your own Valentine moments, I can't wait to hear back from you all!
Wishing you a lovely day on the 14th, be it with your Valentine or the hope of one or even your special memories. Remember, lets not just save all this loving for once a year and come on don't be shy post your stories.
Hearts and love from Claire