Bill and I have gotten used to being apart for special days. This is not by choice, but: “It is what it is.” We adjust, because the love is important every day.
I was surprised when Bill called and said I may need to pick him up at the truck stop yesterday. It was Valentine’s Day! Of course, things can change quickly and often in trucking; I knew not to get my hopes up. He passes near our home often on his way from The Yard to his Rust Belt route. He said that he would call me as he got closer to his destination.
He did, too. I picked him up mid-day. He brought home a wonderful lunch for two, with a nice dessert, chocolates, and roses for me! He even brought the critters treats! I cannot express how much this meant to all of us.
Bill was then able to sleep in his own bed, before going back to the truck last night. Grizelda, his “nap buddy”, was thrilled. When he naps, she always joins him, running into the bedroom to meet him on the bed! He used to call her, but now she anticipates it when she sees him head into the bedroom. Everyone needs their time with Dad.
So, this year Valentine’s Day was extra-special. I loved having the gift of my husband at home, where he belongs. The love that we share with each other and our family is what keeps us going when we have to be apart. Indeed: this was a very happy Valentine’s gift!