Monday, 18 February 2008
The Valentine's Day Dinner
By Susan Gulliford of Hillsborough NJ Journal
Years ago when my husband and I were still working the corporate track, a year when Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday, we made no plans to celebrate as we had so much going on at our respective jobs that we couldn’t even take the time to go out to dinner.
When I arrived home after a terrible, snow-slowed commute lugging my briefcase with the evening’s work, I stepped into the house and noticed the slight scent of wood smoke. As I stepped into the front hall, I saw a fire flickering in the living room fireplace.
Our folding card table was set up in front of it covered with a white tablecloth and set with two places of the good china and silver, filled water and wine glasses, and a pair of candlesticks complete with lit candles. A dining room chair was placed on each side.
As I approached the table I could see that my husband had set out our Valentine’s Day dinner. Each of the plates had a neatly wrapped Burger King Whopper on it.
All these years later, it’s still the most romantic, memorable, thoughtful Valentine’s gift I have ever received.