Hello friends! Today I have a really fun photostory for you all. In all my years of blogging on here, I have yet to do a proper Valentine’s photostory. So, it’s time to fix that! When I got the BAB house situated back in October, I had the idea for this photostory. Now that it’s done, I’m really happy with how it turned out! I hope you enjoy!
(Also, this is a bit long. But I think it’s worth it!)
Booming voices reverberated through the house. I glanced at Cloud. He groaned, but simply ignored my parents and turned up the volume on our video game. Since my parents seemed to be arguing constantly these days, we’d gotten used to wearing headphones and turning the TV up loud.
“Turn off the video games,” my sister, Sandy bossed.
I stuck my tongue out at her. Even though I was the eldest child, Sandy didn’t seem to get that memo. She was the “mini-Mommy,” which meant, she was a pain in the butt.
Cloud clicked the remote obediently. I rolled my eyes at how much grasp my sister had on our younger siblings.
After the TV clicked off, the rest of my siblings filed into the room.
Sandy, intent on being the center of attention, started talking. “We’ve been talking, and we have a problem.”
I didn’t reply, but Cloud did. “What?”
“Hmph,” Sandy sighed. “Don’t you hear anything?”
The only sound to be heard was my parent’s angry voices.
“They’ve been fighting a lot,” Cherie sadly sighed.
Sandy nodded. “She’s right. They’ve been fighting way too much lately.”
“Okay,” I replied. “What do you want us to do?”
She rolled her eyes. Sandy rolled her eyes so much, that I wondered how her eyes didn’t permanently stick that way.
“Don’t you know what happens when mommies and daddies fight all the time?” Candy asked.
I blankly stared.
“They get a divorce Chip!” Sandy said, frustratingly. “Do you know what that means?”
She acted like I was an idiot. “I know what that is. I just want to know if I can get one from you.”
“Anyway,” Cali interrupted. Being the baby of the family, none of us could really get upset with her.
“Right,” Sandy remembered. “We need to do something.”
“Like what?” This time, Cloud was the one asking.
“I’m glad you asked.” Sandy pulled out a poster.
I looked over Sandy’s glittery poster. I swear, she’d only seemed to used pink and red markers and why was everything circled with hearts?
“This is my plan for fixing our parent’s relationship,” she gestured towards the poster. “Since I’m the only one who seems to be able to do anything around here.”
That last bit was under her breath, but still audible to the rest of us.
“Valentine’s Day is coming up. That’s when we’re going to set them up on a date!” she announced.
“Uh, one problem,” I noted. “Where is the date going to be?”
“Here. We’re all going to pitch in and cook a romantic dinner for them. Then, we’ll set them up together and they’re bound to make up!”
Candy raised her hand. “I volunteer to plan.”
Sandy side-eyed our spoiled sister. “I already did that,”
“I know,” Candy replied. “Why else would I volunteer?”
Sandy sighed. “Anyway.”
“What exactly does this date entail?” Cherry asked.
“Did you not read the poster?” Sandy waved it around.
I studied the poster carefully. It listed steps to create the perfect date for our parents.
Step 1. Invite them. (IMPORTANT, don’t let them know what is actually occurring)
Step 2. Cook a romantic dinner. (Preferably something fancy. And dessert. Always dessert.)
Step 3. Set the atmosphere. (Candles, music…)
Step 4. Clean up. (Because, leaving the clean up to Mommy wouldn’t be very nice.)
Step 5. Our parents decide they love each other again and stop fighting!
“Where did you come up with this?” I asked.
“Oh, I’ve only watched about seven rom-coms in the past week. According to those, this is bound to work!”
I wondered if we should be leaving such a thing to movies, but I didn’t argue with Sandy. I didn’t have any better ideas.
We started splitting up the tasks. Candy was going to find a way to bring Mommy into the kitchen, and Cloud would handle Daddy. The twins could wash up afterwards, so that left cooking and decorating. I wasn’t particularly skilled with either of those things, so I just decided to pick whatever Sandy didn’t pick.
“I’m on decorating obviously,” she decided.
I nodded. “Then I’m on cooking.”
Cali wasn’t sure what to pick. “Which one of you needs more help?”
Sandy pointed to me. “I don’t think he knows how to make a romantic dinner.”
I wasn’t complaining. Having some help in the kitchen wasn’t a bad thing. But did Sandy really have to be so condescending?
Cali nodded. “What should we make bro?”
I rubbed my chin. “I don’t know.”
It was Valentine’s Day evening. Cali and I had decided to make chicken and a cake. I wasn’t exactly a first-class chef, but Cali and I managed to make a pretty decent meal. However, the part I hadn’t thought through was that I would have to be in the same room as Sandy.
“Can’t we just have them eat in another room?” I complained.
Sandy placed her hands on her hips. “We don’t have a dining room. Where do you think we should put them? The living room?”
Since I didn’t have any better suggestions, I held my tongue.
“Ugh! I don’t know if these decorations are any good or not.”
Cali looked over the heart themed bears. “I think they’re cute,” she started. “What if we make them kiss?”
Sandy nodded and applied Cali’s suggestion. Even though I kind of thought that it was stupid, I had to admit it was kind of cute too.
Finally, our chicken was done. The three of us added the finishing touches to the room. Finally, the atmosphere was deemed perfect by Sandy. Candles burned, soft piano music played, and the lights were dimmed. Sandy had done her best to make the kitchen shine. I hated to say it, but it did look pretty great.
I looked over to my sisters. “Do you really think this will work?”
Sandy nodded. “I’ve never seen a movie where it doesn’t!”
“Shh, they’re coming!” Cali warned.
We dashed into the other room, where the rest of our siblings were already waiting. Eavesdropping was wrong, but we just couldn’t help ourselves. We all peered into the kitchen.
Mommy and Daddy were glancing over the room.
“What’s all this?” Daddy asked.
“I don’t know…”
Sandy poked her head into the room. “It’s a date!”
Mommy laughed. “Aw, that’s very sweet of you.”
Mommy then noticed the rest of us peeking into the room. “Did all of you help?”
We shyly filled the kitchen. “Yes,” we mumbled.
“That was really kind of you. Why did you go through all this trouble?”
The seven of us shared a glance. “We noticed you’ve been fighting a lot lately,”
Mommy looked surprised. “Really?” she looked at Daddy. “Have we been fighting more?”
Daddy shrugged. “Not any more than normal.”
“But…” Cloud sputtered. “What’s with all the yelling?”
Mommy laughed. “We always yell at each other. When did you guys first notice this?”
“I don’t know,” Cherie began. Her twin, Cherry, finished. “Last fall?”
“Oh…” Daddy realized. “That’s around the time we moved into this house. The insulation must not be as good here.”
“Insul-what?” Cali asked.
“Insulation?” Mommy explained. “It’s in between the walls and it helps with sound and heat.”
“So, you guys have been fighting like that all along?” Candy asked.
Mommy and Daddy nodded. “It’s normal for couples to fight.”
Cherie sniffled. “Does that mean you’re getting a divorce?”
Mommy rushed to comfort her daughter. “Of course not! Where would you get that idea?”
Sandy blushed. “Well, that’s what happens in the movies! Whenever couples fight a lot, they get a divorce.”
Daddy laughed. “That’s just in movies. Real life is a bit messier. Besides,” he wrapped an arm around Mommy. “The important thing is that we always make up.”
“So, you don’t need a romantic dinner to fix your marriage?” Sandy asked.
“No,” Mommy replied. “But I know exactly how I want to spend my Valentine’s dinner. With all of you.”
“Really?” Cloud asked.
“Really,” Mommy replied. “You guys are my valentine.”
So, we ate the valentine’s dinner together, with the people who we loved the most. I looked around at my family. Mommy and Daddy were the best parents I could ask for. I was really happy that they were together, and that even though they fought, their marriage was strong enough to weather any storm. Then I looked at my siblings. There was Cali, my baby sister. I would do anything for her. Then Cloud, my brother. My life had gotten so much better since he came into it. I loved my sisters, but gosh, it was really nice to have a brother. Candy was my materialistic sister, but I still appreciated all the love she brought into our family. It was hard to think of Cherry without thinking about Cherie. Those two were something else. Cherry with her silly antics, and Cherie helped to balance her out. I even loved Sandy. We may fight a lot, but at the end of the day, we were family. I couldn’t imagine my life without any of them.
As I was pondering the love I had for my family, I realized that we were strong. Life may take us in different directions, and we might fight (a lot in my and Sandy’s case), but we would always love each other. We were each other’s valentine’s.
(Guys, I promise I’m not usually this sappy! But…this was a special occasion.)
I hope you enjoyed that! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
P.S. Special shout-out to D for reading this and giving me some feedback!