Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Day

Why love, if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone. ~~C.S. Lewis

We don't like to be told what to do around here. Though life doesn't always afford our way, sometimes we get it anyhow. Because a blue sky day greeted us this morning, we declared today Valentine's Day.
I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever. ~~Amy Tan

Moisture puffing along in the sky gave variation to the clear blue. It was a sign to expect the unexpected.
Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. ~~Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Choosing to forego the usual chocolates or chalky conversation hearts - 'U R 4 Me!' 'IM Me!' 'B Mine!' 'Hot Stuff!' Phooey! - I landed on a bright idea. To the whimsical tea house the girls and I would go after an orthodontist appointment. I'd been to the tea house with Pam and her mom, but was saving such an adventure for the girls until the perfect opportunity presented itself. Today would be the day. I wanted to give each daughter a Valentine to remember.

While I enjoyed a cozied pot of vanilla chai tea, the girls delighted in hot cocoa. Delicious, freshly-made tomato basil soup nourished already joyous spirits.Dessert? Morning-baked scones...
Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each includes the other, each is enriched by the other. ~~ Felix Adler

...dolloped with Devonshire Cream...
Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile. ~~ Franklin P. Jones

...smothered in Oregon Berry jam. Oh my.
You are my beloved and you are my friend. ~~ Song of Solomon
Don't feel sorry for Tom. On our homecoming he was presented a bowl of hot soup, a large cup of tea, a special gift from me, and the scone you see in the photos. He smiled. Really big!
Love does not die easily. It is a living thing. It thrives in the face of all of life's hazards, save one -- neglect. ~~ James D. Bryden
Spring birds chirping, higher sun beaming, new grass growing. Love all around. Mushy, sappy, grinning love.


Wandering Coyote said...

OMG - your food pictures look absolutely YUMMY! I also enjoyed the quotes you used in this post! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours (I personally am looking forward to Feb. 15 because then the Valentine chocolates go on sale!).

Cherie said...

Coming from you, WC, compliments on the food mean a lot. Good eye you have - the food was yummy.

And hey, thanks for the reminder about the after V. Day chocolate sale!

Alan said...

"When we were kids in Maidstone, Charie
I went to every wedding in that little town
To see the tears and the kisses
And the pretty lady in the white lace wedding gown
And walking home on the railroad tracks
Or swinging on the playground swing
Love stimulated my illusions
More than anything"
Love's the greatest beauty!

Cherie said...

Beautiful, Sean, beautiful. And perfect. What a lovely place to go in my mind this sunny morning.

Thanks for this.

Pam said...

Oh, YUM! Those scones were soooo good, weren't they??? Now my mouth is watering and I'm pining for tea with you. (Of course, I really mean coffee, but, well, you know...)

I'm glad you and the girls got to have such a fine outing. Were hats involved? I know there was a time there when one could order tea and wear an outlandish hat and maybe even a feather boa while drinking it!

Mike S said...

I send around a 'quote of the day' to a few folks and I see we like many of the same 'quotable' type people. Super post.

Cherie said...

Yes, they were good, Pam. I showed the girls the table where you, your Mom, and I sat. It's a sacred place now, you know. ; )

No, no hats and feather boas this time, but next time, you bet. Maybe you'll be here to join us.

Mike, cool that you send around a quote of the day. I'd love to be on your list of recipients. I'm always on the lookout for words of wisdom, humor, insight, or simply words creatively strung together. Glad you enjoyed the post.

tshsmom said...

Happy Valentine's Day Cherie and family!

What's that green stuff in the bottom picture? I'm familiar with the blue stuff in the top picture, but that green stuff has me stumped. ;)

Cherie said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Tshs!!

That green stuff? It's what's holding up all your snow! You'll see.

; )

cecily said...

Oh wow... I love what you did for Valentine's Day. Frank and I don't do a huge amount... I'd rather be nice and loving all year.

I was pretty peeved though, because in Australia they've now designated Valentine's Day as National Condom Day... safe sex on a day of romance. Hello... sex is not romance? Don't you all get it? Obviously not. Sigh.

Cherie said...

Nice and loving all year is the way to go, Cecily.

National Condom Day? Good grief. What will they think of next? Maybe we don't want to know, huh.