Love is …

Today I won a competition ran by this fabulous fellow mummy blogger over on her blog.

The prize? A book, try called ‘The 52 Seductions’ by Betty Herbert.

How perfect is this for Valentines Day?

Super Daddy doesn’t ‘do’ books (quote Best Man #1 in speech on our wedding day about said husband,  ‘Not much of a reader,  would rather wait until a book is made into a film. Reading wise, menus and road signs are about as far as he gets’) so I’m not suggesting the book is for him to read, if you see where I’m going with this (cue quote from Best Man #2 in speech on our wedding day about the parties we throw (no, not those kind) ‘The karaoke machine always comes out, but here’s a tip for you Julie-Ann, next time you try to seduce Simon up to bed for an early night, make sure the microphone is switched off first’.)

Oh and must stress, this type of hilarity was pre-children, remember those days? Anyway, I digress.

I’m thinking my reading of this book and deploying of some of its seduction strategies will be a welcome Valentines gift for husband, and a stark contrast from some of the previous Valentines tat I’ve bestowed on him over the years. Giant cuddly teddy bear wearing black silk boxer shorts covered in red love hearts holding a balloon emblazoned with I Love You anyone?  This was circa 1998 I should add.

Valentines gifts from Super Daddy have improved immensely over the years.  A particular favourite was the year of the mini hot water bottle with its own mini mohair love heart patterned jacket. This was a massive improvement on the previous years of erm, nothing. Unless you count the card. The best years were when his office was based round the corner from a lovely wee shop which sold hand-crafted cards, tastefully designed with humorous but very sweet messages in lovely, gentle typeface, not the SCREAMING OUT THAT I LOVE YOU kind.

Last year was a stand-out year all round, a gorgeous card from said shop, and a very thoughtful and much loved iPod shuffle with all my favourite songs on it.  A modern day mix-tape if you will ala Chandler, Monica and Janice. Wrapped lovingly in tissue and placed sweetly in a dainty red gift bag. Handed over with a freshly brewed cup of tea and a cream cheese bagel and the words ‘I hope you like this, I’m thinking it might be good for when you’re at the gym. It might encourage you to go more.’

Isn’t that love?

So this year, my Valentines gift to him will be all that I learn from Betty.

Isn’t that love?!

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