Valentine’s Day and Yellow Bells

yello bell

roses are red, violets are blue.. but these flowers are yellow

Today could have come and gone without me giving any second thoughts about it, but just as I was going out of the house, I notice that the yellow bells are in bloom again and I remember..

A few years ago my sister asked my father what he’ll give our mother for Valentine’s Day and not really expecting him to answer the question. Life was hard and the money that he earned was allocated to what’s basic and what was truly important: for our education, food on the table, payment for the utility bills… But he told her with a straight face, of course I have something for your mother. And I do it every day: I show her how much I love her and she does the same to me. I may not come home with a bouquet of red roses and a box of chocolates; I’ll just get some yellow bells in the garden and she will still appreciate them I’m sure.

Back then I just thought he was being his stingy, practical and very unromantic self and yet now I recall that story this Valentine’s Day, now that he’s gone from this world, I realize that he was telling the truth. He showed us that loving isn’t just for one day in a year and that it’s not just one big thing, it’s the countless little things that we say and do to show that we truly care.

posted in response to the weekly writing challenge

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~ by allen mallari on February 14, 2014.

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