From Christina: We each have special days in our lives, days filled with memories we will cherish forever. Author Amanda Ward shares one of her most memorable days…which just happens to be Valentine’s Day.
A Day of Love
by Amanda Ward
Valentine’s Day. A time of showing your feelings to that special someone.
In the Ward house, it is a special day for two remarkable reasons. First off it is the very day that my husband Matthew was brought from the children’s home to live with his parents. He was four months old. Second, it is our daughter Amy’s birthday.
What better way to celebrate this occasion than with the culmination of love?
We weren’t married at the time. Matt lived seventy miles away and for me on a very bright February morning, instead of a smooch from my better half we had a doozy of an argument resulting in me slamming the phone down on him. No red roses this year or a mug of tea brought in bed, nope, I was overdue, cranky and downright miserable.
Anyway fast forward later that day, at 6 that evening, I was in the front of my stepdad’s car wired up to a TENS machine that my eldest child had cranked up to full tingleness. Both teenagers whining that they had to go to the hospital with me, and my stepfather praying that I didn’t give birth in his car. As we got to the hospital turn off, I felt a pop, splat and heard a “Bloody hell” from my stepdad. My waters had broken. Combined with cries of “Ewwwww” from my teenage daughters, this was the icing on top of a really bloody awful day.
Within five minutes of getting into the hospital, seven pounds of Amy Margaret Rose made her appearance. Her eyes wide open without crying. Quite possibly the prettiest Valentine’s Day present I have ever had. With one difference. She is the present that gives me and her dad joy, day after day. (Apart from copious amounts of headaches and empty wallets) Her dad was caught in traffic on the M25 and missed her birth by ten minutes. He more than made up for it by panicking that there was something wrong with her, when Amy merely had hiccups.
Spending Valentine’s day, in such a manner makes me realise how short life is. So don’t save romance, little gestures and affection for one day of the year…make each day Valentine’s day. We do!
Cheat’s Chocolate Mousse
(From the MisAdventures of Pann Haggerty)
2 packs of ready made chocolate mousse from the supermarket
1pint of double (heavy) cream
A chocolate of your choice…Hershey’s kiss anyone?
Whip the cream. Fold the ready-made mousse into the cream. After placing a chocolate at the bottom of the glass, plop over the mousse and top with flaked chocolate. Enjoy with love.
About Amanda: Quiche loving, notebook collecting, historical anorak and avid reader. Amanda lives in Bedfordshire, England with her husband, three children and two mad moggies. Her bookcases are lined with romance novels and historical tomes. She can rattle off facts on the Royal Families of Europe, and then change the subject to musicals, how amazing a cup of tea and biscuits are and the latest gossip. Amanda shares her husband’s love of sci-fi and is an avid Dr Who fan, whilst still maintaining her love of The Waltons, Gilmore Girls and period dramas.
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