Sunday, February 15, 2009

Love, Sweet Love

Saturday was February 14, Valentine's Day, Love Day, SAD (Singles Awareness Day), or whatever you clever people want to call it. Every year, I break my personal record of consecutive years in a row without a valentine! This year was 23. Beat it. :) Really, I'm not one of those cry-babies about it, especially not this year. There was plenty of love to go around. My older brother got engaged!! I am so ecstatic about it that sometimes a tear sneaks out.

He and his beloved dated in college, split for a couple years, and in April were both in a friend's wedding party where the old flame was rekindled. She lives in Seattle, he lives in Atlanta. I don't know that you could get any farther away from each other, but they made it work, and very well. Weekend trips across the country, skype, and long phone calls made it bearable. Matthew flew up to Seattle last Thursday night to surprise her. He was at her family's home when she arrived there after work on Friday. He called her cell phone as she was walking in the door -- she screened the call -- and went straight to the kitchen (where he was) and yelped when she saw him. They went to dinner and then for a walk on the beach, where he read her a letter he had written her (*sigh*). He got down on his knee and asked her to marry him, and she said yes!

I couldn't hope for anything better for him. She is wonderful, just like her family.

Valentine's Day has even more history with the Forbes family. Grandma and Grandpa Forbes were married on Valentine's Day, and my parents met on a blind date on Valentine's Day. Dad's face was covered with beard, but Mom loved the fact that he had thought-out convictions. She could tell he was strong and had deep-rooted spirit. Dad still remembers what she wore that night.

Aaah, love. We're fools for it.

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