Johnny had managed to earn a little here and there helping out their neighbors, and today he had a mission. It was the day before Valentine's Day and he wanted to do something special for Kim. Telling her that he needed to order seed for Spring planting, he climbed into the old pickup and headed into town.
His first purchase was a piece of fabric, a bright red print that Kim was sure to love, enough to make a dress for her and maybe a shirt for him. But he didn't want his gift to be just practical, he wanted something fun, something to surprise her.
Johnny headed over to the bakery/confectionery and with the money left in his pocket, carefully chose three pieces of handmade chocolate. He knew that Kim adored chocolate and it was a treat she rarely had these days.
The following morning Johnny was quick to get out of bed before Kim woke. He laid the piece of fabric on their wooden kitchen table and placed his handwritten Valentine note on top. Next to it he arranged the three pieces of chocolate on one of the china plates Kim had inherited from her Grandmother. Then he started the coffee, knowing the aroma would soon wake her.
Kim stumbled from the bedroom sleepy-eyed and curious, since she was usually the first one up to start their breakfast. The gifts Johnny had arranged carefully on the table immediately caught her eye, and she looked up at him with so much love that he knew his efforts had pleased her. He loved that his wife never longed for fancy things, and was clearly delighted with his small Valentine offerings. Marrying her was the best decision he'd ever made.
This story was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the theme choices this week are cherish and chocolate