Hundred of stories of engagements, dates gone wrong, weddings, new births, chocolate disasters, and more poured in through our Facebook page as part of our Valentine’s Day giveaway. Today, we’re announcing the grand prize winner who will win the ultimate date night—a trip for two to Los Angeles to stay at the hottest hotel, eat at the hippest restaurant, and tour the set of the new hit movie, Valentine’s Day.
Here’s the winner!
The Romance of Leftovers
Thank you to everyone who entered! You really showed us you knew how to spread the love on Valentine’s Day!
“Some years back, our household budget was very tight. My husband, Ed, and I agreed that we would not succumb to spending money on extravagant methods to honor a “commercially driven” holiday like St. Valentine’s Day.
Ed is a seasonal contractor and had been home during that day on February 14th when I arrived that evening from work. As I walked into our dining room, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There before me, was our dining room table covered in our best white tablecloth and set with our antique, red-and-white china and golden flatware. The room genuinely sparkled. As I stood there speechless, Ed entered to pour the wine glasses with fruit punch from the refrigerator and to place artistically arranged dinner plates containing beef stew leftovers. Bread slices with butter completed our holiday menu.
To this day, I cannot recall having seen anything more beautiful and doubt any five-star restaurant could have done better. In his endeavor to express his love for me, Ed unknowingly revealed the true purpose of this day in that to express one’s love to another need not be costly but, rather, with genuine intent and a little effort.”