Katya and I sipped our beers and chatted about the scavenger hunt, the fact that OUR husbands planned it and somehow put all the pieces together without either of us being the wiser. We considered that the bar had been raised and that we had better come up with something good for next year. Then we remembered – they are men and therefore a LOT easier to make happy. There’s that joke, the punch line of which is, “Show up; bring beer.”
We’d been sitting at this Formica topped table in the casual Mexican restaurant through most of a bowl of chips and a beer each and we were starting to get hungry for dinner when our phones finally buzzed. We received texts that said, “Look across the street.” The guys waved from the wine bar window seat and then left their seats and headed our way. So they were watching us!
David and Norm entered the restaurant and came to sit with us. They looked at us expectantly as we looked right back at them. There was clearly something amiss. Suddenly, David gets up and goes to the counter. We assumed he was ordering beer, but instead he came back with an envelope. He handed it over and we opened it.
“Text I love you to your husband to receive your next clue.” Oops! They knew we didn’t get our clue because our texts to them said, “Where are you?” and “What now?” They were waiting across the street, assuming that at some point we would figure out to ask the cashier but since we thought that we were finished, we never did that. Plus, the counter had been busy for most of the time we were there.
At this point, we showed the guys that we still had our gifts to open. They were surprised that we had waited but decided it was a good thing because we both loved the matching necklaces they had chosen for us. We knew tons of work had gone into that piece of the scavenger hunt; finding a matching piece of jewelry to satisfy two very different women is quite a feat!
We noticed the guys didn’t order anything to drink so we offered to go up to the counter and get some food and beer going. That’s when they told us that we weren’t actually having Mexican for dinner but that they had made reservations at the fabulous Italian restaurant next door and that in fact, our reservation time was at hand.
Dinner was wonderful, warm, candle lit and fun. Romantic music filled the room as we replayed all the fun we had throughout our evening, laughing together and toasting love and friendship that would continue to grow for years.
We’ve had many fun adventures in the years since our Valentine to remember. Katya and I even managed to put together a pretty fun weekend for the guys the following year! I’ll write about that one, too. It isn’t a four part series, though.
Wearing my Valentine necklace today inspired me to write this story and to share the new significance a 14 year old necklace has to me. How precious to have a husband who will go to such lengths to demonstrate not only that he loves me, but that he loves our friends too. And how lucky are we to have friends who have been through big and small moments with us for so many years? These are precious relationships and I am so grateful. Happy Valentine’s Day!