Truthful Tuesday — Anonymous Valentine’s Day Card

Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. Today being Valentine’s Day, Di asks us:

Have you ever received a Valentine’s card or gift and never knew who it was from?

Interestingly enough, years ago my wife received a card in the mail addressed to her. There was no return address and her name and address on the outside of the envelope were written in large, uniform, block letters. Inside of the envelope was a card, on the front of which was written…

From Out of the Blue

A Valentine’s Day Card Just For You,

When my wife opened up the card, written in the same, large, uniform, block letters was…


When I came home from work that night, my none-too-happy wife handed me the card and asked, “Can you explain this?”

I was dumbstruck. I looked at the postmark on the envelope and it was stamped South Boston. I knew no one who lived in South Boston. I couldn’t even attempt to identify the handwriting because the letters were all block letters. I looked at my wife, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “I have no idea who sent this. More important, I have no idea why someone would sent this. Either it’s a prank or someone is trying to break up our marriage.”

Eventually she believed me and, years later, to this day, I still don’t know who sent that “poison” Valentine’s Day card or why.

Valentine’s Day 2023

Every Valentine’s Day since I stated this blog, I have republished this angry Valentine’s Day rant. But I’m not going to do it this year.

This year is different for me. Since I came home from rehab after having had hip replacement surgery last month, my wife has served as my primary caregiver. She has been there for me every step of the way as I’m learning how to walk again. She is my cheerleader when I’m feeling depressed. She is my coach, encouraging me to do my physical therapy exercises when all I want to do is sit down and rest.

She prepares and serves me my meals. She makes sure I remember to take my meds. She helps me into the car and drives me to medical appointments and will drive me to physical therapy sessions once they transition from at-home to outpatient sometime in March. She has taken over chores I used to do but now cannot, including walking our dog for her last walk of the night. She has put up with my whining and feeling sorry for myself. She assists me in anyway she can and has done so without complaint.

So this Valentine’s Day, I went on to the evil Hallmark website and ordered a romantic Hallmark Valentine’s Day card to be delivered today. I went on and arranged to have her favorite flowering plant, a calla lily, delivered today, along with a schmaltzy note telling her how much I love her.

After all these years of ranting about what a stupid, made up holiday Valentine’s Day is, I have finally succumbed. I want my wife to know that I don’t take for granted the sacrifices she’s now making for me for my stupidly climbing up a ladder between downpours to clean out the gutters one month ago today and busting my left hip and right shoulder. It wasn’t her fault but she’s bearing the brunt of the repercussions and I couldn’t let this Valentine’s Day go by without telling her how much that means to me. How much she means to me.

FOWC with Fandango — Punish


It’s February 14, 2023. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “punish.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.