I’ve never realized I had it in me.
I was never the romantic type. Yes, I appreciate, as an observer, grand gestures from people who are drowning in affection. I’ve always had a practical, (which borders on twisted, I must say) view on how one should express the overflow of emotions in their hearts. My love language, had always been different. I’ve always expressed my love through quality time and words of affirmation.
But this week taught me that there’s always a significant ‘turning point’ one shouldn’t miss. And I must say I tried to go the extra mile and didn’t just turn left or right but went for a whopping U turn.
If you remember, our original plan was simply to have coffee after our respective meetings. But when Monday came, an opportunity gave birth to an idea which I figured would not be very easy to execute, but should be worth the effort. I was thinking to myself, perhaps this was one of the impractical things I should do but I’d do it because it made perfect sense anyway!
On Monday, when your appointment got canceled, I took the opportunity to invite you to watch Upside Down, which turned out to be a visually stunning and a very lyrical film on love, and how it helps you conquer the impossible. We had a good laugh at some scenes / elements of the movie but at the back of my mind, I already started thinking of ways to make sure we are able to spend the whole Valentine week together, impossible as it may seem given our tight schedules.
Tuesday, we embarked on a road / food trip to UP Diliman. It was beyond nice to see you all giddy and excited about eating fish balls and we ended up enjoying the ‘fair’ ride and the various games. Sure you got me beat in target shooting, but you shared your prize (2 pieces of Mentos) with me. After watching some performances, we decided to head out to Something Fishy and have our Fat Tuesday there. We ended up having a very meaningful (and should I say definitive) conversation over good, cheap food. I thought it was the best Fat Tuesday I’ve had in years :)
Wednesday, since you were coding, I saw an opportunity to pick you up and it was great that we were able to attend the Ash Wednesday mass together. The bed shopping was an excuse because I wanted to get you a pre-Valentine gift from Cupcake Lab. After your office event, I did pick you up right? But that was before I ‘tried’ driving to Dangwa so I could already buy my gift for V Day. Traffic was epic and I was 40 minutes late but I knew I needed to drive back to Makati already or else I might spoil the surprise. I hope you didn’t find the excuse too lame. ;p
So Thursday came and I was already a bit stressed out. I made sure that I wouldn’t have an appointment beyond 4 pm so I could finally brave the big Valentine rush. With *****, we started our journey to look for the perfect Valentine gift.
I scoured the shops, but the stuff were either overpriced, or looked cheap. My goal was to get you something unique, but traditional. I wanted to strike that perfect balance between traditional, and awesome, for lack of a better term. ;p
With time running out (I needed to be at Fort by 730 so I could still catch you in your office – otherwise, I would have to ask someone else to hand over the stuff to you in your action group meeting venue and I wouldn’t like that) I uttered a short prayer to God so he could lead me to the right shop.
I did my usual shopping habit of walking really fast, skimming through what seemed like endless pages of a book on failed Valentine efforts, until I saw this unassuming shop with a smiling ate to ask me if I wanted to have some flowers arranged. I knew this was the shop where I could buy my Valentine present for you.
To backtrack a bit, earlier during the drive to Dangwa, I saw a guy who was carrying such nice, heart-shaped balloons and I thought to myself, I should get you some. But there were no more balloons in sight when we reached Dangwa so I gave up on the idea. But lo and behold, before we reached my car, there was a guy selling the balloons I saw earlier, and so I bought three!
So I finally got my gift and the bigger challenge was how to get to the Fort, from Dangwa, at 730 pm. It was already 7. Traffic was bad. We prayed.
At 730 I was already in Makati and when I got a text from you that you were still resolving some issues and would only be able to leave by 8, I said to myself, wohooo! Talk about little miracles! When you told me that you needed to buy cake for ***** and *****, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to surprise you so I volunteered to buy the cake and wait for you at Red Ribbon. I reached the cake shop and I suddenly felt silly. I was telling ***** that the balloons could be too cheesy but he encouraged me to go for it! So I got out of the car, with the bouquet in one hand and the balloons in the other, and I was shaking all over. As if I joined a contest and was about to be judged.
As I entered Red Ribbon, the guard, the crew and some customers started having their pictures taken with the bouquet. The guard and the male crew members even said, ang perfect ng regalo nyo sir! That was such a morale booster!!!
While waiting for you, girls and boys who seemed to be on their way to their prom started flocking to me to have their pictures taken with the bouquet. When you arrived, I gave you the chocolate and picked up the bouquet. I was glad to see that you were kindof surprised! When the kids go, uy ayan na date ni kuya. Picture-an nyo sila dali, I was blushing and getting shy from all the attention but I still thought it was worth it.
We were just laughing our heads off as we walked to your car. And when you said it was the first time that you got a bouquet that had balloons in it, I thought to myself, that was divine intervention right there! J
When you got home and sent me that thank you message, I had such a huge grin on my face. I slept well knowing it was all worth it, and was convinced that God’s best is within my midst :)
And so, this blog entry completes the 5-day ‘plan’ to spend the Valentine Week with you :) I really hope you had as much fun as I did. And thank you, thank you for spending time with me and allowing me to serve you in little ways. I really appreciate the fact that you are giving me a chance to do these things. I hope you’d continue to allow me spend more time with you in the days to come.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Thank you for being such a big blessing in my life :)