February 14, 2010

No Tentacle Valentine's Day

This weekend my FIL had his 70th birthday. Some of his oldest friends came out for the birthday dinner and Ralf went over this afternoon to visit more with people he's known since he was a kid.

Soon after he left the house, the phone rang. It was Ralf.

Ralf: 'I'm such a schmuck. I forgot Valentine's Day.'

Me: 'Really?' (I'd totally missed it, there's much less hype about V Day in Germany.)

Ralf: 'Are you mad at me?'

Me: 'I am now.'

Ralf: 'I shouldn't have called.'

Me: 'No, you should have. I'd have figured it out eventually.'

Ralf: 'Tomorrow the Americans don't work so we don't have any calls. How about I make dinner?'

I like this idea. I agree. Then I have an idea that makes me even happier.

Me: 'You could shop for dinner ingredients too.'

A brief silence. I'm raising the stakes here but he owes me for forgetting. And although I don't mention it, he'll have to clean the kitchen after dinner, too.

Ralf: 'Any requests?'

Me: 'Nothing with tentacles.'

Ralf: 'Deal. I love you.'

Me: 'I love you, too.'


  1. I love it and it should be that easy!

  2. I like it and the "no tentacles" is icing on the cake.

    I hope he makes a cake.


  3. Sounds like a good deal to me.

    I hope you had a great day!

  4. Sounds like a good deal.. and thank goodness it's going to be tentacle-free.


  5. Oh that's too funny - well, not the part about forgetting, but the no tentacles part. ;) I'll be looking forward to reading all about how dinner goes! :)

  6. I can't believe you banned tentacles. Hope dinner was great!

  7. What? No tentacles? But nothing says Happy Valentines Day like tentacles.

  8. My Hubby "cooked" and he didn't even realize it, since I defrosted a tub of his famous Gumbo -- but I'm afraid it might have been a little too spicy for my son's girlfriend, whom we had over for Valentine's Day! But she tried it -- now that's LOVE.

  9. Mexico does not appear to celebrate valentine's day either. It was rather refreshing. Way to go with you two!!

  10. So did he abide by the no tentacles rule? I'm thinking that would've only encouraged Mark to sneak one in on me. Then again, tentacles are mostly ok with me.

  11. I love how you made this such a non-event, and I love how he reacted with proper degree of remorse. These are all ingredients in making a wonderful marriage! Happy belated V day. :-)


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