Hello everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! A special “thank you” to the lovely Sue Fortin, whose book French Kissing in the UK is due out this spring, for having me as a guest today.
When I think about Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but remember how I met my real-life valentine, the enigmatic Mr. Keyes. When our paths first crossed, I didn’t think very kindly of him. Okay, that’s being kind; I thought he was a total jerk.
When we first met, we were both music majors. I was studying clarinet and he trumpet performance. I was in a practice room at the local community college working out a piece, when he walked in. Needless to say, in those days I had to be taken down a couple of notches. I was a little too full of myself, too much of a diva. Though don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that everyone should have a little inner diva, even the men. Okay, moving on.
So I said, in the geeky, stilted speaking voice that I had then: “So what did you think of that?”
His response: “It was pretty good, but you didn’t articulate properly on measure twenty four…”
Well naturally, I immediately thought, “What a jerk! Who does he think he is, criticizing me?”
His behavior that day definitely encouraged me to avoid him. However, I realized quickly that first impressions aren’t always accurate. The man that I thought of as obnoxious at first pass, turned out to be one of the nicest people I’d ever met.
When we finally connected romantically, it was easy. We were already best friends.
Seventeen years and two kids later, Mr. Keyes is still my best friend. It’s not the same relationship as it was when we first met. I think you have to be committed to working it out.
So we both try every day to “keep the magic alive” so to speak. Whether that’s leaving one another little love notes, surprising the other with a special dinner, or just saying “I love you” each day, we both work on it all the time.
In many ways I see Mr. Keyes as my miracle, my angel. Generally, I’m a skeptic about most things, but underneath it all, I’m still a hopeless romantic underneath it all. Mr. Keyes just looks beneath the surface to find out what I need and he’s always there for me.
So to all you who have a Mr. or Mrs. Keyes in your life, reach out them and tell them this Valentine’s Day how much they mean to you. If you don’t have a special someone, don’t look for him or her, because they always seem to come along when you least expect them and you aren’t looking.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
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