Valentine’s Day: Filled with bitter sweetness

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Mama would laugh and act surprised and happy but secretly wished that, just one time, Daddy would get her a box of those pecan clusters that she liked so much … and ones she wouldn’t have to mash.Since Daddy’s birthday was on Valentine’s Day, every year Mama would bake him a birthday cake and decorate it with red hearts and write “Happy Birthday, William” on the top. Daddy didn’t care for parties so that was about the most we made of his birthday. We’d give him some presents that he didn’t especially want. Mama would cook his favorite dinner-pork chops, little white peas, stewed potatoes and fried cornbread. That would be it or so we thought.Just as soon as Mama and I got finished in the kitchen and sat down to watch television, Daddy would say, “How about one of y’all gettin’ me a bowl of ice cream.”And, one of us would hop right up and get Daddy a big, mixing bowl of ice cream for his birthday and Mama would get her red box of Valentine chocolates and start mashing. So, this Valentine’s Day will again be both bitter and sweet as I continue to try to walk around the holes in my life left by those who are no longer here and revel in the joys of those, here and now, that I love so much. Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 11, 2017 I’m not sure the word was even in his vocabulary.But he understood the meaning of Valentine’s Day so he always bought Mama a big, heart-shaped box of Valentine candy with plastic roses on the top.Inside the box was an assortment of soft-centered chocolates.Mama would mash the chocolates to see what was inside. She didn’t care for many of the centers but, evidently, that didn’t bother Daddy one bit. He went right behind her, eating the candies with exposed centers and not seeming to notice that he’d eaten more of Mama’s Valentine candy than she had. “Look, Mama, here comes Daddy with ‘his’ Valentine candy.” Skip Valentine’s Day: Filled with bitter sweetness The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Valentine’s Day always puts a lump in my throat as I think about my grandmother and Daddy and that Valentine’s Day, now so long ago. About my granddaddy, Mama and my aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who are no longer here. And, then, there’s joy, too, for those we have here and now.So, Valentine’s Day is bittersweet – bitter and sweet.Now, romantic is not a word that would have been used to describe Daddy, who was born on Valentine’s Day, the day designated for romance. You Might Like Now not time for commission to act At the last meeting of the Pike County Commission, the commission had to decide whether to pass a resolution in… read more My grandmother died on a cold, rainy night in February 1965. She was buried on Valentine’s Day, my daddy’s birthday.The loss of my grandmother was my first personal experience with death. It had come so close to me and I knew it would come again. And, it has. But it doesn’t always come on cold, rainy nights. It just feels like it does.My granddaddy, died in April at his naptime just after dinner. Daddy at morning worship time on a Sunday Father’s Day and Mama in the early morning hours of January 14, the day before her birthday – all seemed like cold, rainy nights in February. Latest Stories Print Article Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more