Here we are, a few days after Valentine's Day, and I am still smiling. Have you ever received a card or gift that was...well, perhaps not quite what you expected? A couple years ago, our oldest son grabbed a last minute card for his wife on his long commute home from work. She was perhaps a little surprised to open his romantic missive: it was a Spongebob Square Pants card--and the verse said "Happy Valentine's Day--from your SON."
She's a wonderful gal and just chuckled about it. Then this year, a Twin Cities radio station decided to have a contest to find listeners with the least romantic Valentine's experiences. She called in, they loved her tale and asked her to repeat it on the air, and she and her husband became finalists!
So just before Valentine's Day, the fifteen finalists met for the big finale at the Mall of America. The guys were blindfolded, spun around three times, and aimed for fifty sheetcakes spread out on the floor in which a single, tiny red plastic heart was hidden. It was an absolute melee--cake and frosting flying--and our son found it! And with that, they won a more romantic celebration than his wife might have ever imagined when she opened the Spongebob Squarepants card a couple years earlier: A Valentine's Day dinner at a nice restaurant, a dozen roses...and a seven-day trip to Cancun.
Silver linings, unexpected endings to a funny story about a card grabbed too quickly from a rack....and this happy grandma isn't only celebrating their exciting adventure, but looking forward to going north to take care of the grandkiddies when they go!
I'm also celebrating because I recently signed a new contract to write more books for Love Inspired, a line I love. It's great to be among the wonderful writers here on the Love Inspired blog...and to be writing for the wonderful readers who read our books!
Before I sign off I'd love to ask if any of you have ever received (or given) an unusual, unexpected or just plain funny gift?
Roxanne is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty-five traditionally published novels for Harlequin's Superromance, Heartwarming, Everlasting, Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense. She also has self published three novels, a novella, and also part of a multi-author anthology on Amazon.