Valentine’s Day 2011

Monday, 14 February 2011

No flowers and chocolates in sight in this household. Our dinner tonight was delivered hot to our doorstep by the nice man from PapaJohn's Pizza, as I had to spend the afternoon catching up with work e-mail correspondences instead of preparing a more elaborate dinner. And Han alerted me beforehand that he had to continue working at home after our meal in order to meet a deadline.

It sounds quite pathetic--but I'm not unhappy.

Because the kids were well-mannered the entire day. We spent the evening playing with LEGO and I tried teaching them some new words that they asked to learn, and we wrote them down on Post-It notes which they stuck on the living room wall. Reuben was smiling incessantly as he ate and played with us. Our servant looked happy as she went about the household chores, and was laughing heartily while playing with the kids. Han did what he could to be with the kids in between his work (albeit mostly just being physically present--he was so tired this evening that he flaked out on the couch while the kids were playing).

Han also brought home a little bag of Famous Amos cookies for me. 🙂 That was a really nice surprise. Thanks sweetie!

So as we sit here in our study tonight, tapping away at our keyboards in silence, February 14th will slip right on by. It's just another day where love is expressed in a quiet, subtle way in this young family. While I do love being surprised occasionally with gifts like bouquets, at the heart of it all, the reality is that there's nothing that can compare to the lasting demonstration of love that happens on a day to day basis.

The love that you consciously work hard for.

Happy Valentine's Day. 🙂

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