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A Gift For My Valentine

My mother collected roosters. We had a house full of them, everything from a rooster lamp to rooster baking dish to rooster curtains in the kitchen. We even had a big carved rooster on the porch. When the wind blew hard he’d fall over and block the front door. So when I was a kid for special occasions like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s I’d always draw her a picture of a rooster. She took on over them so much, made such a fuss, that I kept doing it long after I could afford a real gift. It became a family tradition! When she passed away a few years back I found a drawer full of them. She’d apparently saved them all. That woman sure loved roosters! And me. Now my wife Jan collects Disney, and we have a house full of that! And every year, though I can (and do) get her other stuff, I always give her one of my Disney designs for Valentine’s Day. Like the roosters, it’s become sort of a family tradition. And like my mother with the rooster drawings, she takes on over them, makes such a fuss, and I believe she’s saved them all! This year she’s getting this lovesick Eeyore, I’m sure he’ll be a big hit. That woman sure loves Disney! And me. I’m a lucky man.