Weekly Writing Challenge – My Funny Valentine

The Weekly Writing Challenge gives a nod to one of the major holidays recognized in the United States, which is any day that generates a tidy sum for the retailers. It is sad that this kind of math drives many decisions, but that is a topic for another day and post. The particular day in question is, obviously Cupid’s Day to float around with a fresh diaper and loaded arrows looking to pierce the hearts of those we count as special in our lives.

On this 49th iteration of Valentine’s Day in my personal collection I reflect a bit differently for a couple of reasons. The first I will share with you is because it is the first Valentine’s in which each of my teen age children have a long term “friendlier friend” to enjoy the day with them. To explain that term it comes from an older friend my son has at church that questioned him once about a girl he had interest in by asking if she was a “friend” or a “friendlier friend”. The “friendlier friend” connotation of course is meaning something longer term.

Isaac and Katie

It was interesting to watch my kids approach the holiday with different ideas of how to gift their respective others. This holiday presents myriad ways to knock your valentine off their feet with a bevvy of sweets, petals, diamonds and stuffed critters. What I found interesting is that both my children received country music C.D. s from their valentines, which of course was a home run choice.


When it comes to my valentine I feel like she might have been cheated. Oh I took her out to dinner at the local Olive Garden, but that was the extent of my generosity. Well, not exactly, but due to the circumstances of this week it was the limit imposed by situations beyond my control.

On Monday I gave my wife’s heart a horrible scare as I entered the hospital for the first time in our married life with shortness of breath. Agonizing hours later the best possible diagnosis came back that I had a blood clot in each lung. Why was this the best diagnosis? The alternatives were cancer, heart attack or heart blockage.

Now five days out from that moment I realize that even this was hard enough. Blood clots in the lungs are not that far from the brain which means my wife would be spending Valentine’s Day alone and I certainly never want her to know that pain. Today I am praising God he spared me and guided the doctors to the diagnosis that saved my life. Here is hoping I can celebrate and write about Valentine’s Day for another fifty years.

Recreating the sand art we first made on our honeymoon in 1992.

Recreating the sand art we first made on our honeymoon in 1992.

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About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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10 Responses to Weekly Writing Challenge – My Funny Valentine

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  3. Mason_Moore says:

    would you care if I show this on my twitter?

  4. The Midnight Thief says:

    Glad you’re ok!

  5. So happy that you got the “best” news and hope you are feeling better!!

  6. Pingback: My Funny Valentine: “It’s something black, sexy, and I can’t wait to see you wearing it,” Said he with a mischievous grin . | mariestephensgardening

  7. Glad you’re on the mend, Joe. Stay well and best to you all!

  8. So glad you got in on time. Best of health to you. x

  9. Good luck and congratulations on pulling through your health scare. May you enjoy good health in the future. On a lighter note, also looking forward to those days when my children will have Valentine’s of their own, coming all too soon! Thank you for the pingback.

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