Photos by Nelson
On the day before Valentine’s Day of 1992 Nelson informed me that he wanted to take me to lunch and would be at my office at noon the next day to pick me up for our date. As I was working in my office on Valentine’s Day, I heard the elevator door open. I looked up to see my stunning husband entering my space carrying an elegant silver tray and dressed in a vintage black tuxedo with tails, a white shirt, a vintage black silk bow tie and a black top hat. Displayed on the tray was a single long stemmed red rose, a beautiful antique hand painted china tea cup and saucer, a silver container filled with cappuccino, a white linen napkin and a piece of strawberry cheesecake on an small antique plate accessorized with an antique silver fork. Nelson placed the napkin on my lap, filled the tea cup with cappuccino, and proceeded to turn on a jazz CD (he had his tasteful ‘boom box ‘ with him). As I sat sipping my cappuccino and eating my cheesecake, he read This Is My Beloved by Walter Benton (written in 1943, the year of my birth) accompanied by soft jazz in the background. When Nelson finished reading he kissed me passionately, gathered each item, and left mysteriously out my office door and onto the elevator. I was very touched by this creative, sweet and intoxicating Valentine’s Day vignette and have warm memories of each loving detail to this day.
On Valentine’s Day 2005 Nelson was diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary site. And despite all odds, today we are celebrating with passion and love, as we did in 1992. For this is my Beloved!