Dazed and confused? Not me. I’m just Lost in the Cheese Aisle.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Antique Valentine
Valentine, circa 1938, from collection of SWMBO’s late Dad.

I’ve been living life in the Love Lane for a long time now.

She Who Must Be Obeyed and I enjoyed our first Valentine’s Day together thirty-five years ago. My gift to her at that time was a cartoon of myself exposing a horrifyingly broad tongue, a cartoon that resides somewhere in the Elisson Archives unto this day. Nobody would have guessed, given such a vaguely inauspicious beginning, that we would still be together three and a half decades down the road.

Last night we celebrated the Sacred Occasion (sacred, at least, to the manufacturers of greeting cards, chocolates, and condoms, not to mention restauranteurs) by enjoying a candlelit dinner for two, courtesy of the Elisson Kitchen. An arugula salad with avocado and sherry-mustard vinaigrette. Sautéed mushrooms with smoked paprika. Grilled asparagus spears. Roasted cauliflower with garlic and capers. Char-grilled T-bone streaks with port marchand de vin sauce. A nice Barolo with which to wash it down. And, for dessert, homemade blackberry tea ice cream.

For romance, home-cooked beats a restaurant meal every time... especially if you’re with the right person.

Speaking of which, have I told you about my Valentine? Sure I have.

We’ve been together through thick and thin. These days, rather thinner than thicker, which is all to the good.

Thirty-five years of putting up with each other’s crap, laughing at each other’s jokes... and, together, laughing at our own foibles. Thirty-five years of mortgages, bills, children (wonderful children!), happy moments, scary moments, restless nights, restful nights, sickness, and health.

Thirty-five years of Life in the Love Lane. It’s the best way to travel!


Unknown said...

And there is no one with whom I'd rather be on this journey. Thanks for a wonderful evening and a wonderful life...I love you!

Anonymous said...

You are a good man, Cat

Anonymous said...

Well said!

Houston Steve said...

The old card is fantasctic. Didja notice that the center building anticiated San Francisco in the '60s?

Houston Steve said...

I've really got to work on my keyboard technique. I just looked at that post and I have another misspelling, dammit. So, to repost:

The old card is fantasctic. Didja notice that the center building anticiPated San Francisco in the '60s?

Unknown said...

First of all: happy 35th St. V's Day...G and I just celebrated our 15th St. V's Day..

Secondly, is "Elisson" now "Ellison"? or is there a new restaurant called "Ellison Kitchen"?

(See 'Sacred Occasion' paragraph: "courtesy of the Ellison Kitchen.")

Elisson said...

You know you're starting to lose your shit when you can't even spell your own Blog Moniker right.

Fixed. Thankyewverymuch.

Unknown said...

:) no problemo...