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VALENTINE’S DAY

The day of love… or like depending on your situation.  This holiday is full of memories.  So many memories.  As a child trading Valentine cards at school.  As a teenager, going to my first Valentine’s Day dance with Fred Cohen.  And, finally, getting married on Valentine’s Day under the Chupa to my dear Meyer.  It was a beautiful wedding and marriage that lasted 55 years!  I still keep the spirit of the day, even now.  Here at Holiday Villa East, we’re like kids on Valentine’s Day.  The dining and entertainment rooms were decorated with red and white banners, there was even a large Cupid adorning the wall.  Each table had a little vase with a one rose and there were little heart candies spread around the table, along with chocolate hearts–one on each place.  We had a delicious lunch of baked fish, veggies, sweet potato fries, salad, veggie spring rolls, and for dessert… a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing complete with hearts and Cupid decorations.  Boy was it good!  I had seconds.  Afterwards, we retreated to the entertainment area for board games.  Checkers, backgammon, chess and scrabble.  The theme being board pieces.  It was a free for all, whatever struck our fancy with people huddling in groups for their favorite game.  Others cozied up to a comfortable chair or the sofa, reading, chatting… some going outside.  It was a beautiful day with a warm ocean breeze, unusual for February, smell of the ocean in the air.  What a lovely day ending with a nice hot cup of coffee, tea or coco, depending on your fancy… and of course, left over cake.  Couldn’t resist is was so good.

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