Valentine's Day is a Super holiday for me.
Forty years ago, my parents were married on Valentine's Day 1976.
I was born four months later, arguably making it the first wedding I ever entertained. :-)
My parents, Debbie (19) and John (20), have built many businesses while still taking time to support Heidi and Rob, mis hermanos, and myself. Next week will be my maternal grandparents' 64th anniversary, too.
So, by super holiday, I have been working on many Valentine projects for months, although ultimately it was decided to cancel a dinner I had planned for today.
We had a photo shoot with the dogs to celebrate. We exchange Valentine's gifts like many people celebrate Christmas. I have Valentine's day cards, gift bags and cupcakes that are going to friends and co-workers over the next few days.
My Valentine is my Gram. She will be 94 this year and she lives next door. I bring her dinner most Sundays and update her about my adventures of the week.
Today, I was just one of many that were dropping of pancakes, flowers and other tributes of love. I bring jambalaya, cole slaw and other goodies today that I was given at the end of last night's Mardi Gras party in Concord. The Queen of the evening, Eleanor Lord, and whose husband is the Potentate of the Shrine, is my Gram's niece; I relate how everyone was dressed up, the variety of music I play and the special dances they do. I talk about how the King and Queen are brought in on a float and Gram decides she enjoys the Southern dish.
My aunt and Dad stop by and tries some, too. Thanks Shriners!
I share my adventures of the week. I talk about doing a photo shoot for a small family wedding, and the excitement of not being able to share who - it is a surprise for the family!
There are many stories I relate about my trip to WeddingWire 2016 in DC and the people I meet, like Sylvia Weinstock the cake baker and TLC's Monte Durham, from Say Yes to the Dress.
Gram, born just a couple years after Women's suffrage, talks about how much life has changed with gay people being open when I tell her GLBT weddings were 10% of them nationally last year.
I talk to her about my time with Governor Maggie Hassan at the 11th annual Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire Breakfast. It was my first time being able to listen to our Commissioner for the Public Utilities Commission.
I tell her how I saw the similar slides used at a Conservation Law Foundation meeting at Antioch that same night and how different the two presentations were, reflecting my fears about our region's opposition not getting organized effectively while the energy crisis is getting good branding elsewhere in our state.
I also talk about learning more about financing community projects at a lunch seminar I took at the NH Center for Non-profits, something that could help with town projects. She inquires about my other charitable work. She comments about how much jingle it puts in my pockets and I respond that I don't want to noise detract from the music...
Not one to be shy about her opinions, Gram also fat shames me with referrals to balloons and barrels; I tell her I am fortunate to have so many meals provided by all types of people and organizations, often among the most special and memorable of their lives.
I also let her know that when the cupcakes arrive, I shall be back to deliver one.
My Valentine has my unconditional love.
I hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend with your Valentines, too.