This will be our eighth Valentine's Day together and I can hardly believe it. Feels like just yesterday and also feels like forever ago, as life does these days. I can still remember our very first Valentine's Day when we were dating... it was epic. The month prior we had been upstate in Cold Spring with some friends doing antique shopping (the same town we would get engaged and then married in). I had come across this 110 year old family bible at one of the shops and was enamored by the pages and the smell and the elaborate leather binding and embossing. I loved it, but remember it was snowing that day and freezing and I convinced myself the last thing I wanted to do was haul this massive 15 lb bible home with me on the train. But I couldn't stop thinking about it.
We returned to the city and weeks went by and I had started to forget about that hefty old bible and continued on with my days. That was, until Valentine's Day rolled around. We were only a few months into dating and were hanging out at Eric's apartment for the day. We had ordered in Chinese food from our favorite spot in Williamsburg and were watching movies all afternoon. Eric leaned over and told me he had a present for me... and to this day, I actually don't remember if I got him anything! He leans under his bed and pulls out this massive brick of a package. Inside... was the old family bible I had found in Cold Spring. I was shocked and had so many questions... mainly, how did it get here?! Apparently after we returned to the city, Eric got up early the very next day and took the train back upstate to the antique shop, swooped up the bible and sneakily came back in time to meet me for dinner that evening. That man, I mean... he could've gotten away with just asking me to marry him right then and there!
As we reminisce about all of our grand romantic gestures we did as a dating couple, we also are very into cozying up on the couch and enjoying some quality romantic comedies for a Valentine's Day activity. If you’re in need of some rom-com recommendations, here are a few of my favorites:
Anything with Ryan Reynolds (rom-com or not)
A Lot Like Love
Sweet Home Alabama
When Harry Met Sally
Sleepless in Seattle
As we’ve aged in our marriage and added children to the mix, sometimes the most romantic time together these days is just time spent together without others around. Anytime we can sneak out for even a solo coffee date or when Eric has a free moment in the afternoon and he’ll swing by my office to take me to lunch. Uninterrupted time to talk… we’ll take it! Dating can continue, even if you are married. And it takes on a whole new meaning and importance and ya gotta fight for it. I'll take any excuse to go gallivant around town with this man!