Romeo and I had an interesting Valentine celebration. As soon as Roman, my 14 year-old son came home from school, Romeo grinned at me and signaled that we could go out and have a date. We were free! Roman could take care of Riva and Riza at home. Not that Riva and Riza are too young to be left alone. I’m just too protective. As we waved them goodbye, Riza said,” Don’t fight on this special day. Enjoy.” Riva added, “Go and watch yourselves a nice movie.”
We usually do not plan a special activity on Valentine’s Day. We figured that if we make it an impromptu date the more it will be exciting and memorable for us. Last year, we tried eating at a Thai restaurant only to find out that we had to wait for hours since we had no reservation.
What ‘unprepared ness’ we experienced was a convenience on another couple. We decided to leave the Thai restaurant when a couple waved their hands on us and asked if they could hitch and bring them to an Italian restaurant right across the road. There was no traffic light so they figured it would be hard for them to cross. We brought them on the other side and had a little chat while we drove. The guy teased that we might end up going to a drive through McDonald’s outlet. We didn’t end up in McDonald’s. After driving for five minutes, Romeo and I found a place where we enjoyed a decent meal. It was a hotel that offered buffet dinner. How did we end up there? I don’t know. But I believe in God’s grace.
That was last year. This year was different. As Romeo and I headed to the door, we were still planning on our itinerary. I like sports activities so bowling, golf or even wall climbing will certainly gear up my adrenaline. Romeo wanted a serene date like watching movies or window shopping. As a compromise, we decided to do something we both like – something we are so passionate about. We went to a bookstore (I bet you thought it was something else. Ha ha ha). To those of you who are familiar with Chapters – you know how nice it is to hang out and read books there.
Romeo and I love reading. His mind likes to be challenged by numbers so he went to the math section of the bookstore. I, on the other hand, want to know more about the latest Canadian taxation system and financial management. So I went to the taxation and finance section and browsed the latest books on those topics. The books are expensive but the information timely and informative. If I could only scan the information to my head and do fast reading, it would save me valuable dollars that could be channeled to savings. After two hours, I saved myself almost $40. I finished through the whole books and got the important data I want to know. It’s time to apply what I’ve read.
Romeo invited me for coffee at Starbucks. The smell of coffee inside the bookstore stimulates a person to read. But I didn’t go for the ambiance. We went out of the bookstore and headed to the nearest grocery store, bought a piece of samosa, spinach pie and two bottled drinks and headed to the cheap movie theater. We didn’t watch a movie though. We thought that it was better to park in front of the theater while we eat our snacks in the van. We were so satisfied with what we were doing surely good company is enough to celebrate a special occasion.
After eating, we went to the cheapest video store, used our discount coupons and rented two love story-films. When we reached home, Romeo made us a fish dinner, a vegetable salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and two glasses of red wine. Though the movie wasn’t really romantic as we’ve expected, we thought the day went well as we celebrated Valentine and expressed our simple love to each other.
I know our Valentine celebration was a cheap date. But I'm also convinced that in Christ, my husband and I are costly because we were bought with a price - the blood of Jesus Christ - the true 'Valentino' of my heart.
I hope your Valentine celebration went well as we had. I just love my husband. It’s so cool to hang out with him.
February 15, 2005
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