Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Here is a picture I took last spring of a rose bush I had just purchased. The same bush is buried under the frozen tundra that is my back yard today, but I know there is life there and there will be fresh roses again.

At work we give each other flowers on Valentine's Day. I feel like a child, I await those flowers and I read each word on the cards, I really cherish them. I dislike not having a sweetheart on Valentine's Day, but it is OK.

"From experience, I've realized that I cannot go back and make a brand-new start. But through AA, I can start from now and make a brand-new end." -- Alcoholics Anonymous (4th ed.), p. 457
***late addendum***
For some reason, today after I read a comment from the guy from the Big Sky, I remembered a Valentine's Day long ago. I was at a meeting, crying because I didn't have a sweetie and didn't get any gifts for Valentine's Day. I didn't notice Denny B. get up and leave the meeting, but I sure did notice when he came back a few minutes later with a box of chocolates and a big heart shaped balloon. For me. I cried because it meant so much to me. Denny is now in the big meeting in the sky, and hopefully I am not so self-centered anymore. But I so cherish these memories. My life is full of sober memories. Memories of the wonderful souls in Alcoholics Anonymous. Can't hardly get any better than that!

16 comments:

dAAve said...

I guess your rose looks a lot nicer than my piercing photo. I just like to be different.
Have a sweet V Day.

lushgurl said...

Hey MC...will you be my Valentine? I too am single today!!! I loved the pic of your rose, can't wait for more in the spring, maybe by then I'll have figured out how to post pics of my garden!!!
Some day OUR prince will come...

Lex-Sunshine said...

Happy VDay! Know that you are loved from all over, by many, many people, not just one sweetie.

Beautiful rose too! You are as beautiful inside and out!

Sober Chick said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

What a great thing to do at your job. I remember too doing that in elementary school. Going to the grocery store and buying Charlie Brown Valentines cards to give out to classmates.

Fun stuff. Beautiful rose too, the one that once was that is. :(

BigSkymAAck said...

You will always be a sweetheart to me
FAEA

Tab said...

You may not have a sweetheart today but you will eventually I just hope the guy is in good shape so he can keep up with you! lol

Happy Valentines day MC :)

Sober @ Sundown said...

Happy Valentine's Day.

I love today's AA quote.

AAwoken said...
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Pam said...

That is a beautiful rose. I guess I can add gardner to the list of great things about you

Diego said...

Happy Valentine's day MC. I so relate with your post (no sweetie for me either). So I've praying to be relieved from the bondage of self so that I can appreciate life with or without "a rose" and see the miracles which abound all around me...Take good care MC....p.s. I'm having trouble with my blogger access info and can't post.

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

Links: Seems like a pretty reasonable philosophy. Hard to argue with.

Doesn't matter, yours is still on mine.

Scott W said...

Happy Love Day and Happy Sober History Making Day!

lash505 said...

What a beautiful Flower..Happy valentines day.

Christine said...

what a great memory and example of giving you have from Denny

vetver said...

That Denny story reminds me of the time I was sitting in a meeting, heartbroken over the last boyfriend, and I heard that "We had to learn to differentiate between our wants (which are never satisfied), and our needs (which are always provided for). I stopped and it hit me that while I was lamenting that one person, I was sitting in a room of 70 people who cared about me.

johno said...

beautiful picture, lovely post :-)