Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I picked out my card for my sweetheart, filled it with endearing nothings, and mailed it off to an island in the middle of the Atlantic. And now I’m left with a certain emptiness. My husband won’t be with me this Valentine’s Day.
I watched our postman carry my love letter off to my husband and then went rummaging through the house. I was searching for something to save me from the vacant feeling left from his absence. Something I could wrap myself in and know, more than ever, that he would always love me. This is what I came up with:
- My engagement ring and wedding band. They’re special to me for obvious reasons. Although I don’t wear them that often anymore (because they’re not required when running after Ninjas whilst indoors), when I put them on I have beautiful memories of him watching me walk up the aisle on our wedding day.
- Initial necklace. This has our initials with a tiny turquoise stone tucked between them (our favorite color is blue). It makes me smile when I wear it.
- Pandora bracelet. Again, I don’t get to wear this often because I’m usually at home with the Ninjas, but each charm was a gift from my husband and has a special meaning: Forget me Knot, Love You, Red Poppy.
- Mr. Darcy scarf. If you don’t know who Mr. Darcy is, I am sad for you. One of my favorite books (the list is long, so we won’t delve too deeply), is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. A classic story that happens to have a great man in it. I’m lucky enough to have landed a husband who regularly says romantic things to me, so when I read the quote on this scarf, it reminds me of him:
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
These are the things that will help quell my feelings of loneliness this Valentine’s Day. What helps you get through the loneliness when your loved one is away?