Introduction: A few days before Valentine’s Day my daughter, Tori, came to me with an idea she had for a gift for Vonnie and me for Valentine’s Day. I could tell that this meant a lot to her, and her sincerity and creativity impressed me so much that I knew I had to help her make it happen. Tori has written for Enemy of Debt once before, and did a wonderful job, so I asked her if she would write about the experience to share here. Please welcome back my daughter for a very special guest post:
It was only two days until Valentine’s Day, and we had nothing planned. That’s when I decided I needed to do something for my parents:
A special dinner!
I told my dad this idea and he agreed to help me make the food. The next day we discussed in secret, and decided to make chicken kiev, green beans, and rice with the option of Chardonnay or Prosseco wine (two of mom’s favorites). Also, we would have warm bread and salad as an appetizer. But then we decided that we should do the dinner on Saturday instead of actually on Valentines day since I was going to be at my school dance that night.
As mom got ready to go to a concert, dad and I set up dinner. Smooth jazz was playing in the background, candlesticks beamed, and food awaited her downstairs. I was their V.I.P hostess/server for the night, and it was my pleasure.
I led mom downstairs to the fancy ambiance that now filled our dining room. She and dad were seated and were offered the wine choices. They both decided on Chardonnay. Soon afterword I delivered their salad along with a plate of warm Vienna bread. That is mom’s favorite!
Next I turned off the stove and oven. I then took the chicken pan out (with a cloth) and put it on the plates. I made three of them because I would be delivering room service to my brother, Tristan. Also on the plate were green beans and rice. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the rice form into heart. Mom said, “The meal is better than any other restaurant I’ve been to. And I’m not even kidding!”
As they were eating, I remembered the most important course of the meal, which dad and I had forgotten about:
I am glad we had things that would work because I really wanted them to get the whole experience. I offered them the choice of an orange push up, birthday-cake ice cream, or a Greek yogurt bar. Dad chose the yogurt bar and mom chose the push up.
At the end, mom and dad asked if it was possible to make a reservation for a year in advance. They even said they’d bring more people! After discussing it with my interns (the cats), we decided to allow it. Now I can’t wait to write about the next Valentines Day’s experience…
To Be Continued…
Here’s the breakdown of what we had to purchase for the dinner:
- Two Candle Holders, Candles, and Valentine’s Day Hearts for the Table: $7.02
- Chicken Kiev, Rice, Green Beans, Salad Mix and Bread: $13.31
- Two Bottles of Wine: $28.61
Although, we didn’t open the bottle of Prosseco, which was about $16 of the total price.
However, the cost of the meal doesn’t even matter. That wasn’t the point, or her gift to us. Her gift was the creation of the atmosphere and the experience of a great Valentine’s Day dinner. She provided that fabulously, and in the process gave us a memory that we will cherish forever.
A memory that is absolutely priceless.