Oh Wow! That one made me cry too...but it was a bittersweet cry, and I have to say Thank You MaryAnne because it was needed I think.
My Grandmother pretty much raised my brother and I because my mother had a lot of problems when I was growing up, and her and my dad were divorced when I was about 2. Gramma's birthday is March 2, and we always bought extra hearts and "Valentiney" stuff to add to her Birthday stuff, just because we were kids and it was fun and special.
The tradition held until her last Valentines day and birthday back in 1995. At that point, she was in a nursing home due to blindness, dementia, heart problems, acute arthritis, and several other health issues. I wanted her with me, but was unable to provide her with the care she needed, so the only option was a "home".
For Valentines Day, we threw her a party in the private visiting area, a lovely, "homey" room, made to resemble a living room. For a few moments she was very lucid, and smiled and laughed with us...it was wonderful!
A few weeks later, she took a turn for the worse and was pretty much lost, and she passed on May 15 of that year.
I still have 2 plastic hearts from her cake, and a few pictures taken that Valentines day though, and the memories of the love in her smile and eyes that day, almost like she had been when I was a child, and they always make me smile through my tears.
Sorry, that was a sad one, someone please tell a happy one now, ok?