Valentine's Day Dates Gone Bad
To this day, I wonder what would have happened if I did not come back to the table. We have been together for 25 years, and we are still honest with each other and love each other. We have three wonderful children who love that story!
— Valerie of Orleans, Ohio
I was trying to be a trooper, because I knew he was trying to make it special. I could see the ring box in his pocket. So at dinner (while still really sick), he pulls out the ring. While not looking, I grabbed it off the table and placed it in his lap. He put it back on the table. I kept saying, "Not now. Please not now." This process went on for a few minutes. Then, I, of course, said yes. Almost six years later, I feel like I need to make it up to him.
— Amanda of Lenzburg, Illinois
As I was walking back to my car, I stepped on some black ice and I went flying up in the air. As I was in mid-air, I shifted my body so I could save the teddy bear from getting dirty. I landed on my back, and my right foot got caught underneath me. I sprained it really bad. I thought it was broken. The roses I had were totally crushed, and the teddy bear had mud all over its fluffy head. I showed up to my girlfriend's door with a limp, mud all over my clothes and her teddy bear with a dozen crushed roses. Isn't that romantic? If this isn't a disaster, I don't know what is!
— Rupi of Kitchener, Ontario
So, we decided to eat instead. We thought Golden Coral Buffet would be a good choice, [but diners] were lined outside into the parking lot. We decided not, so we headed back home. We ended up at KFC close to 8 p.m. They had a buffet, but they told us they were about to close the buffet, and we had to order off the menu only. Bummer. Everything we tried to do just didn't work out. All in all it was a nice time, but we learned to never try to plan anything on Valentine's Day. Everyone else has the same ideas as you!
— Janet of Pennville, Indiana
Well, a major ice storm blew into Annapolis that day and canceled all our plans—the Bay Bridge was closed to traffic, which prevented us from getting to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the hotel. As we looked out our window, the ice broke onto the telephone pole, causing the tree to burst into flames and our power to go out. We looked at each other and started laughing hysterically. Time to accept the inevitable and realize we are not in control of our lives. Can romance possibly survive this day of calamities and this year?
We got into the car, made it 2 miles down the road to a Ramada, took the last room before thousands of other stranded folks arrived. Ate our anniversary/Valentine's celebration [dinner] at Panera Bread. Love conquers all!
— Arleen of Lansdale, Pennsylvania