Do you remember Ziggy? He was big in the 80s, particularly 1984, the first Valentine's Day Brian and I shared together. Preparing for this holiday caused me great anxiety.
Brian and I had only been dating exclusively for less than a week. As the day of love approached, I didn't know what to do. I knew I wanted to get him something, but the symbolism surrounding Valentine's gifts was oh so significant!
I "liked" him, but I didn't really love him yet. I knew he "liked" me, but how much? How much should I spend? How would he interpret my present?
It was agonizing.
I finally decided on candy. That was safe, right? I purchased an apothecary-type jar and filled it with sweets from the BYU bookstore candy counter. One thing I had learned in the month I had known him was that Brian loved coconut cream pie, so a layer of coconut flavored jelly bellys was an easy first choice. Red jelly bellys and other Valentine confectionery were carefully layered until the clear glass jar was filled to the brim. I bought a card, wrote a little note, and held my breath for his response.
|front and inside of the card I gave Brian (minus my handwritten sentiment)|
Little did he know how prophetic that Lucy card would be.
Brian gave me a GIANT card that I've saved for 27 years.
"Just think, Valentine! Once we were perfect strangers, but then fate stepped in, and through some miracle, out of all the millions and millions of people in the world, our paths crossed!"
|inside of the card Brian gave me|
It was perfect, and I ended up marrying him six months later.