Dear Dave,

Remember that one Valentine's when we were early married and I was very specific about what my expectations were for Valentine's Day? My mom had taught me that in order to not set yourself up for disappointment during holidays you just needed to be specific with your husband and let him know exactly what you were expecting. Not necessarily specific as to gifts, just what you were expecting for that event. Well I did that on year 3 of our marriage. I said I wanted flowers, chocolate and lingerie. I mean it was the fairytale Valentine's gift. Not one or two of the dreamy items...but all three! We were on a tight budget so I said, one rose and very small box of chocolates would count and and a small piece of lingerie. Silly now that I think about it. Lingerie is usually small! It was a memorable Valentine's day for me feeling like your princess and I was able to tell all the other girls at the office the next day that I got flowers, chocolate and lingerie. Oh the jealousy!

Well this year, I'm doing the same thing. Forget the flowers, chocolates and lingerie. I just want GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! Thin Mints, Samoas and the Lemon cookie. You will make this girl very happy on Valentine's Day if you make sure those are in our house. They don't even need to be tied with a bow or have a card attached. Nope. Expectations much lower this year. As long as there are cookies I will be ecstatic. 

On a serious note, I feel so fortunate that you have been my Valentine for the past 20 years. There is no one else I would want by my side to go through this crazy emotional thing called life. You picked me 20 years ago and I am the luckiest girl I know.


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