Many years ago I bought Debbie the flower pictured above for Valentines Day. I was looking for a unique gift and thought this was perfect. Its an actual peach rose (Debbie’s favorite flower and color) which was dipped in a special solution to preserve it. Whereas regular flowers wilt, fade and die over time, this flower will live on as a constant reminder of my own special Valentine (Debbie). Its built to last, just like our love for each other.
I recently found a couple of neat cards Debbie gave me for wedding anniversaries. The first one above was for our one month anniversary on August 24, 1982. She wrote on the back, “After one whole month I still love you. I think I’ll stick it out with you for a few zillion more months. Love, Debbie”. Typical Debbie humor!
And this one was for our 30th wedding anniversary on July 24 2012, less than three months before our journey with cancer began. She wrote, “Thanks for 30+ great years! I look forward to many more filled with fun and love. Debbie + Robert”. Although we had only two more years physically together, the depth and quality of our love grew exponentially during that time as we learned to cherish each and every moment together.
This Valentines Day will be bittersweet. I smile at all the great memories of past Valentines Days we enjoyed together. But my heart aches because I miss her so much. But I’m also extremely thankful I have that peach rose to remind me that our love will never wilt, fade or die. And I, too, “look forward to many more filled with fun and love” – when we’re together again in heaven.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev 21:1-4)