From: Cumberland Creek Mystery Series
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Book 2: Scrapped
Publication Date: December 31, 2012
I’ve got a secret valentine.
And I hope it’s my husband.
But I haven't been able to figure it out because the clever person who has been sending valentines to has printed the messages off of a computer printer or has used magazine cut-out letters.
The first one I received was about two weeks ago‑ a cut-out heart made from red construction paper. Red glitter hearts were glued all over it. Words were glued on from a magazine: “To My Valentine, I love you. Guess Who.” I beamed. Could this be from Mike? It wasn’t his style—he’d never done anything like this before. In fact, he never really care much for Valentine's Day. The old “It’s not even a holiday. It was just made-up by the card companies,” complaint. Still, we’ve had many romantic Valentines Days together‑mostly before the kids came along, who always managed to get sick when we had everything else lined up, sitter, reservations and so on. This year, Mike has already made reservations at my favorite Thai restaurant in Charlottesville. Which is more than enough for me—so what’s with the secret valentines?
The next one actually came in the mail and was a homemade card with “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you,” placed on the card just so. And last night, another homemade card made from construction paper, pink, with a lacey doily attached. “You make my heart sing, Love Your Secret Valentine.”
I smiled. Isn’t this sweet? I found it in the kitchen on the refrigerator, held up by a magnet.
As I was mulling over this, the dryer alarm went off and I folded the clothes and placed organized piles onto the boys bed. Something caught my eye in their room‑a little slip of pink construction paper was in their trash bin. And as I dug around, I found more evidence.
Oh! My heart skipped a beat.
My secret valentine was either Sam or Ben, my sons. Maybe it was both. I blinked back a sudden tear and savored the moment.
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