Be My ValentinePosted Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 12:26 AM
One of my flower arrangements. I couldn't find a good picture of David and I together.
Valentines Day doesn't top the "Just Because" moments that we have shared together.
A meeting on the freeway, found me accepting two dozen roses from David---- "Just Because". I might have a package of M & M's and a note attached to the steering wheel of my car or some other wonderful surprise.
Your heart may be warmed by the simple things like a hug, holding hands, or a whispered "I Love You". Or it could be a nice electric frying pan purchased at a yard sale.
Love is always in the air in February. Marriage Proposals are planned, engagement rings are purchased and grand gestures have come to be expected.
Most couples don't foresee the hard work of the ever-after part. Their courtship is over and and company manners are replaced with distressing personal habits, minor annoyances and trials of patience.
Love is not Valentines Day 365 days a week. It takes a sense of humor, a great deal of diplomacy and tact when the bloom goes off the rose of romance.
A person has to work a little harder to have those Romantic Moments. Appreciation of a loved one and the joy that they bring into your life can make those difficult moments more bearable to endure.
Difficult moments can be job losses; personal losses, physical illness or sometimes a distraction created by a person or obsession.
Like soldiers in the battlefield, there are times when only one person in the marriage is able to administer first aid or has the strength to carry their spouse until they are able to walk again on their own.
Flowers are only the beginning of a courtship. The real gold are the days that you can celebrate being with the best friend that you have in the entire world.
Each of us has taken a turn at these situations. And as the years go by, each chapter of your story together becomes more descriptive and interesting. May all of us be blessed with several chapters in our Book Of Life.
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.