My Valentine’s day certainly didn’t go as planned.
The second Tuesday evening of each month, I volunteer at a non-profit. This year the second Tuesday evening was Valentine’s. I couldn’t take my sweetheart anywhere, couldn’t fix dinner for her, couldn’t spend Valentine’s together.
No problem. We’d decided to celebrate on another day. She took me to breakfast two days before Valentine’s and I’m taking her to the circus after Valentine’s.
Now I didn’t want Valentine’s to go by without making it a bit special so I planned to send a Valentine’s text that she’d receive on the first message-check of her phone Valentine’s morning.
These plans went pear-shape when I awoke with an acute pain in one hip, AND the hot water heater’s pilot light was out. Coaxing the flame back to life was complicated by my throbbing hip when bending down.
The message arrived late.
Our afternoon catch-up conversation didn’t happen. Someone hit my parked car, ripping off its front end, and they ran off – hit and run. Lost another 1½ hours of time together.
The Valentine’s card I’d bought two weeks beforehand, didn’t arrive before or on Valentine’s? It’s still on a mystery mail tour.
Ever had life happen like that? Maybe you designed a Romantic Interlude for your sweetheart and things didn’t go as planned.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Edgar A. Guest
If your Romantic Interlude plans fall flat:
- Figure out what part(s) succeeded;
- Discern what could have been modified to improve the outcome;
- Plan another Interlude.
Don’t look for an excuse to quit trying. Find a reason to try again. The best reason is your relationship with your sweetheart. Robert