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The Gold Coin

Last week, as we all know, was Valentine's Day. My husband and I celebrated the day before (in an attempt to avoid crowds) and had a very lovely holiday. No extravagant gifts needed. Our schedules are rarely the same so we value time together. One of our favorite activities to do is dine out. Yes, we could spend time together at home, but it usually results in us falling asleep very early. We enjoy great food, but more so, we enjoy each other's company.

So to celebrate the holiday of love, we headed to our favorite, family-owned Italian restaurant. We enjoyed salad, bread, and shared pasta (the sharing factor made us feel more "romantic"). Our gifts were not typical (his was a blender).

You may be wondering where the gold coin comes into play. A few days before Valentine's Day, Travis and I headed 45 minutes down the road to claim a prize from a local car dealership. Now, we knew we would be awarded something, but that something could be a grill, cruise, $10,000, or a $1 gold coin. Knowing we would probably walk away with the coin, we decided to try our luck anyway.

That evening was more important to us than Valentine's Day, and even $10,000. And, I am being honest! We spent the entire travel time to and from laughing, sharing thoughts, reminiscing, and forecasting our future. When individuals in a partnership rarely see each other and often fall asleep or become engulfed in television shows, movies, or other forms of entertainment, that day was much needed!

That got me thinking... Growing up my father took the family on Sunday drives. He enjoys the outoors and we were always exploring new parks, mountainous views, and backroads. I always enjoyed this (while others may have not), but I understand his reasoning for these adventures even more so now. There's something about being in a vehicle that brings about great conversation and family bonds.

We didn't win the cash or other "expensive" award from the contest. We may have driven off the car lot with a $1 gold coin, but the value is worth so much more!

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