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Thursday, February 15, 2007

of chocolates, flowers and teddy bears...

it is funny that on valentine's day morning, i was having flashbacks of my most memorable valentine which dates back to 1985...yup, that long ago. anything that came in between yesterday and valentine's day that year are either insipidly tasteless, or simply not worth remembering.

so what happened in 1985? i had a rather eloquent suitor who wrote me poems and letters on intermediate school pad paper and on valentine's, he sent me a huggable white teddy bear with red paws and eyes and bow...ofcourse, it went with a bundle of the familiar triangular prism cartons of Toblerones, my favorite chocolate then :) every girl in my batch envied me...the newcomer from San Diego CA looked very much like Martin Nievera, was a towering 5'9", intelligent and suave... typical crush ng bayan i should say. but what made that occasion memorable?

hmmm if he was every girl's dream in my batch, well I, didn't find him awesome. to me, he was just like any other handsome boy who'd go for drop dead gorgeous girls. i wasn't that. he went to the same org i was affiliated with, and i found him too fresh and audacious...that made him unattractive to me. besides, my friends were all gaga over him, and that didn't impress me at all! i had this attitude towards boys...i won't look at you, you look at me, and i don't care if you won't because i don't need you. well, he did look at me, and i didn't know it. he cared to listen to my debates, and i didn't know it. he followed me to the jeepney stop, and i was too oblivious i didn't know it. he called me incessantly over the phone to ask about physics and other innane stuff, he was trying to catch my attention, and i didn't know it. but the boy was resourceful, he knew how to get to me. finally, he decided to write me letters and poems...and that, caught my attention. the valentine gifts came after that i said "yes" :)

however, it came like some sort of bad luck because nothing really worth remembering happened after that year, and there were years when i even dreaded the advent of february...but again, not until yesterday :)

it was almost 7:30 in the evening and i haven't had a call from my surfer dude. i was thinking, he probably is the type who finds valentine's day as cheesy and unimportant, and so i conditioned myself not to expect anything. after all, i was sort of used to not expecting anything at all.

but Will, sweet as he really is, phoned me and said we're going out to dinner with his brother and sister-in-law. he picked me up 10 minutes after he called...and guess what? he has flowers for me with a little teddy bear hugging the stems, a box of chocolates that had a card on it, and a flashlight keychain so i wouldn't have to fumble with the door locks when i open the front door at night :) isn't that awesome? no? right, it's downright sweet, i was ecstatic! i simply loved the gesture and boy, was i surprised! it had been 21 YEARS...and i never thought the magic will ever happen again :)

thanks Will...it could have been anybody, but it's you that really made the day very memorable and special. yes, i'm looking forward to spending more valentine's with you :)

here's a video that my friend Polo shared with me. it is characteristic of the occasion, but i'm sharing it with you...let's dance to it.

like a star - Corinne Bailey Rae





13 comments:

lws said...

musta ka na?:)happy new yr at bellated happy valentines :)

:)

joyce said...

hello lws!!! it's been ages since i last heard from you! happy valentines too! i've been very busy, but not too busy to stop and smell the flowers. bisitahin kita right after this!

rolly said...

If he had eyes only for gorgeous girls, aba, gorgeous ka pala nun!

Well, 1985 was your first memorable Valentine's Day? Langya, ikakasal na ko nun.

Happy Valentine's day!

joyce said...

hahahaha! gorgeous daw o? nyahahahaha you're 8 years my senior, ok lang na ikakasal ka na noon...may huwisyo na!

watson said...

uuuyyy that's so sweet and memorable naman, Joyce! kilig ba?

joyce said...

hi watson!!! this is a pleasant surprise :) ofcourse! sooooobrang kilig hihihi di ko akalaing itong tanda ko'ng ito eh makaka experience pa ng ganitong kilig :) eh ikaw, pano mo pinakilig misis mo?

BernicE said...

miss joyce! belated happy valentines. :)

kmusta na po?

joyce said...

hi Ja!!!!!
ikaw, kumusta valentines mo? i'm happy and enjoying every minute of my time with... :)

Anonymous said...

hey rhea jimenez... I should've looked you up when I was in the US lat month.. I was all over the place but stayed longest in Atlanta, Tempe, and NYC...

-- your former Editor from The Times

joyce said...

OMG...
how are you Mr. Former-editor-from-The-Times? :) had i known, it's so easy for me to go up to NYC! Virginia Beach is so laid back, a more conservative version of Myrtle Beach...but hey, you probably have not been reading my blog that's why you missed on contacting me...not that it's worth reading (hehehe just a bunch of mushy stuff in here), but this is where we can connect. i forgot your email addy, ano na nga yun sir?
...i thought you've forgotten about me...hehehe thanks for dropping by, eli! you somehow are reminding me to update this...parang deadline! nyahahahaha

joyce said...

oh by the way sir eli, i mentioned your name in one of my entries (http://joycejimenez35.blogspot.com/2006/06/road-signs.html), if you don't know that yet :)

Anonymous said...

was just there over a weekend for a business meeting (saucy! business meeting at Park Ave..)... I may go back with in the year again... glad all is going well for you there... you look happy... =) - eli

joyce said...

thank you sir! let me know whenever you're coming over. sarap makakita ng kababayan at kaibigan dito, nakaka miss masyado. happy? yes, very happy! walang masyadong pera, pero masaya =)