February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day!

Ahhh, Valentine's Day. The weather, unlike my heart, is blustery and icy. To catch you up to speed on the final installment of Sunday's Valentine's conversation...

Her: Well, now I have to run out.
Me: What, because I bought a card? It's crappy out and the roads are icy.
Her: But now I need a card for you. Since you didn't buy one for yourself.
Me: I could sign the one I've got from both of us.
Her: So, Hustler, huh?
Me: Yeah.
Her: Where do you find Hustler around here?
Me: I have no clue. A bookstore, I suppose.
Her: They should really carry them at the grocery store.
Me: I agree.
Her: What if they don't have Hustler? Like, all they have is Juggs or something?
Me: I'm not really a Juggs kinda guy.
Her: You don't have another specialty tome?
Me: Specialty tome? I think if you use the phrase specialty tome in a discussion about porn, you might be just outside the target porn demographic.

A while later, she came home clutching a flat, magazine-like bundle wrapped in plain brown paper. I'm a little scared.

On another front, they say that timing is everything. Last night, I was on the verge of finishing the book I've been reading when I ran across a few paragraphs I very much liked. Author Barry Eisler provides the conversation between two men, one old, a father three times over, the other young. The young man, the narrator, has just been told he has a son.

"It's a strange thing, having a child," he said. "It completely alters your most fundamental priorities. When my eldest daughter was born, I realized that I would do anything - anything - to protect her. If I had to set myself on fire to save her from something, I would do it with the utmost relief and gratitude. It's quite a thing, quite a privilege, to care about someone so much that the measure of the worth of your own life is changed by it."

"I don't know if I'm ready for all that," I said. I felt like I was outside my body, that someone else was talking.

"Of course you're not. No one ever is. Because there's a responsibility that comes with the privilege...You see? For your whole life, you've believed the sun revolved around the earth. You are about to discover otherwise. With everything that implies."

There's no better way to describe fatherhood. With that, I wish my two valentines - one with whom I've spent 14 years, the other one and a half - a happy Valentine's Day. I hope all of you have a wonderful one.

Posted by Chris at February 14, 2007 6:46 AM

I hope the three of you have a Happy Valentine's Day.

Please let us know what was in the bag. My guess is that it is Cosmo or Ladies Home Journal. You should be scared ;-)

Posted by: Maria at February 14, 2007 7:16 AM

Happy Valentine's Day to you you, Beth and Mia!!

Posted by: Maribeth at February 14, 2007 7:34 AM

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all! (I think it's gonna be an awesome one)

Posted by: Contrary at February 14, 2007 7:42 AM

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Posted by: Iki at February 14, 2007 8:03 AM

Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy your magazine, whatever it turns out to be. Probably Highlights for Children... :-)

Posted by: Alissa at February 14, 2007 8:04 AM

Y'all are just so romantic, I can barely stand it. :)

Happy Valentine's Day to you, Beth, and Mia!

Posted by: Sam at February 14, 2007 8:18 AM

Happy Valentines Day! Hope Cupid is good to you!

Posted by: Steff at February 14, 2007 8:29 AM

What a great passage.

Posted by: Heather at February 14, 2007 9:02 AM

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.

Posted by: ann adams at February 14, 2007 9:04 AM

Oh that is sooo true!! What perfect timing.

Hope your Valentine's Day is warm. Have fun with your "gift."

Posted by: MammaLoves at February 14, 2007 9:22 AM

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by: anna at February 14, 2007 9:23 AM

What a wonderful description of parenting! Have a great V-Day!

Posted by: wordgirl at February 14, 2007 9:26 AM

YOU suggested Juggs, not me. I am a delicate flower and have never heard of such a thing. I also maintain that this is what the internet is for and I don't understand how any of those magazines are still in business.

Posted by: Mrs. Cactus at February 14, 2007 9:31 AM

Nothing says Valentines like an issue of Midget Hooker Juggs

Posted by: William at February 14, 2007 9:43 AM

I agree with Beth... there's free porn practically leaping off the internet. Um, not that I'd know.

Happy Valentine's Day to all the Cactus Fish.

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at February 14, 2007 9:43 AM

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by: karamarie at February 14, 2007 9:47 AM

Those paragraphs are so true...I still feel that way about my kids and they are adults! It never goes away when you are in love.

Happiest of Valentines Day!!!!

**Giggle** about the brown bag! At least it wasn't humming! Snort!

Posted by: gypsy at February 14, 2007 9:57 AM

Does this mean you got to work from home today? If so, I'm jealous. I have to brave the crazy traffic again this afternoon.

Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Posted by: Zandria at February 14, 2007 10:08 AM

Happy Valentines Day to the Cactus Fish Family. Please stay in and safe and warm from this winter storm. We already got our share of it in Indiana.
Happy Day!

Posted by: Patrice Vicory at February 14, 2007 10:14 AM

Indeed the most perfect description of fatherhood...and motherhood!

Happy Vday to you and your lovely ladies.

Posted by: Mama C-ta at February 14, 2007 10:45 AM

happy valentine's day :)

Posted by: ali at February 14, 2007 10:58 AM

Happy Valentine's Day. Enjoy your specialty tome -- ha!

Posted by: bad penguin at February 14, 2007 11:07 AM

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by: alfredsmom at February 14, 2007 11:24 AM

"It's quite a thing, quite a privilege, to care about someone so much that the measure of the worth of your own life is changed by it." --So very true.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Posted by: dee at February 14, 2007 11:30 AM

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by: coolchick at February 14, 2007 12:02 PM

Happy Valentine's Day to you, Beth, and the bean :)

Posted by: kate at February 14, 2007 12:51 PM

Happy V-day to you as well.

The sun revolves around my son and mate--yes becoming a parent totally removes all previous filters.

Posted by: Michele at February 14, 2007 12:51 PM

Juggs is real? I just saw that in Little Miss Sunshine last week and thought they had made that up. I'm just now discovering what a sheltered life I've had! But then, it's not like we have subscriptions to these unique periodicals at the library.

Posted by: Sphincter at February 14, 2007 1:12 PM

happy valentines day! hope you and your girls have fun :)

Posted by: suze at February 14, 2007 1:16 PM

Happy Valentine's Day!! As my husband said the other day: Love. It's still a good idea!

Posted by: trix at February 14, 2007 1:23 PM

What a lovely book passage. Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by: Beth in StL at February 14, 2007 1:25 PM

So true...and I hope you have a very happy valentine's day!

Posted by: Mandi at February 14, 2007 2:17 PM

Happy Valentines Day! Hope you and your two ladies have a great one.

Posted by: Jessie at February 14, 2007 3:24 PM

What a perfect way to describe parenthood.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by: Julie at February 14, 2007 4:58 PM

Big, fat, smooshy hugs to you three for Valentine's day!

Posted by: Emily at February 14, 2007 7:09 PM

What a great passage, that does sum up fatherhood quite bloody well doesn't it.

Posted by: Chocolate Makes It Better at February 14, 2007 8:39 PM

Wow! Is that ever powerful -- that passage. So very true. I totally identify with it. Thank you for this. Happy Valentine's Day to you and the fam! :)

Posted by: Haley-O at February 14, 2007 10:39 PM

"Specialty tome" is kinda like when the guys out on the Navy ships call them "training films," yes?

That's a wonderful passage on parenthood. I love when I find such worthwhile tidbits in my reading.

Happy Heart Day.

Posted by: Annie at February 14, 2007 11:38 PM

I'm with her on this one- "specialty tome" is just fun to say, especially at such an unlikely object du jour as a porn mag. Then again, I am unusually fond of the word "tome." And yes, Hustler is much better then Playboy. Well, in terms of porn. Playboy's just too classy.

I love the Southern internal voice- my best friend claims her internal voice is British, but since I've never heard it myself (and glad not to- I'd hate to be in her head!), I just have to blindly believe it.

Posted by: Debra at February 15, 2007 4:48 AM

porn is the gift that keeps on giving

Posted by: whit at February 15, 2007 12:44 PM

Hallmark has that label that says "When you care enough to send the very best..."
Mrs. Cactus can have her own label: "When you care enough to drive on icy roads just to buy porn..."
Now that's love.

Posted by: Janna at February 15, 2007 9:59 PM

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