This isn’t my story, but it’s so funny and sweet, I had to share it! My friend Lori and her husband Jake have been happily married for 31 years. On their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, Lori spent a long time searching for just the right Valentine Card for Jake. She purchased the perfect card, signed it I’ll love you forever and put it in the envelope. When she was about to seal it, she realized that breaking the seal would tear the pretty edging of the envelope so she left it unsealed.
Jake arrived home from work, and Lori handed him the card. He took it from the envelope, read it, said “that’s nice,” and lay the card on the table. Perhaps a bit disappointed, Lori put the card away in a drawer. Shortly before Valentine’s Day the following year, she came across the card and decided to “recycle” it by giving it to him again.
Jake arrived home from work, and Lori handed him the card. He took it from the envelope, read it, said “that’s nice,” and lay the card on the table. Lori placed the card in the drawer. And so began a yearly Valentine ritual that lasted nearly 26 years. Jake received his card and Lori smiled at her secret.
The year of confessing came at a time Lori was going through a particularly stressful time on her job. That Valentine’s Day, Lori was waiting for Jake to arrive home so they could go watch their boys play in a basketball game. Imagine her surprise when Jake walked through the door carrying a florist’s box
containing a dozen long stemmed red roses!
This was the first time in 26 years she received a Valentine gift from her husband. She was very happy, but also felt a bit sad because the only thing she had to give Jake was a recycled card. Nevertheless, the card had come out of the drawer, and was waiting for Jake to open it.
Lori had her second surprise of the day when Jake, with a puzzled look, asked, “Did you give this card to me before”?
Although Lori, still felt bad, she wasn’t prepared to fess up quite yet so she told a tiny white fib. Jake returned the card to the envelope and laid it on the table. All during the basketball game that little fib was in the back of Lori's mind nagging at her conscience.
Walking in the house after the game and seeing the beautiful flowers Jake had so thoughtfully given her made her feel worse.
Later she couldn’t sleep because she was feeling guilty.
"Jake, " she said, "I have to tell you something. I did give you that card before. I’ve been giving you the same card for a very, very long time. Jake’s response was simple. "Am I really that dumb?"
Lori shared this story with me as she was crafting Jake a brand new made by Lori Valentine Card.
Note; Lori and Jake live in a rural area with a lot of Amish neighbors. Lori shared this story with one of her Amish friends who submitted it to an Amish newspaper for publication. Small world that we live in, a couple of years before I knew Lori, I was minding a store for some Amish friends and read the story in the Amish paper.
Current update: Lori and Jake are still married. Lori and Jake are still in love. I don't see Lori much since I'm retired but I'll be telling her I recycled her story.
Edit to add: If my calculations are correct Lori and Jake will soon be celebrating 37 years.