Yes, I know Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but today I received a Valentine’s gift from Raymond that was not only worth waiting for (not that I was waiting for it; it was a total surprise) but is also, in my opinion, the best Valentine’s Day gift ever. (And thus makes Raymond the best Valentine ever.)
It is: a subscription to the Tweed News!
I have mentioned several times in this blog how much I enjoy reading the local press when we are in Queensborough. The free weeklies, the EMC and the Community Press, both do a fine job of covering the news throughout the region, but the Tweed News is special. For one thing, it’s an independent family operation, not part of a big chain like the others. And it’s a paid newspaper, which as Raymond and I well know is a challenging business to be in these days. Despite the challenges, though, publisher/editor Rodger Hanna and his team put out a fine Tweed-focused newspaper every week. Raymond and I especially enjoy the column on local heritage and history by Evan Morton of the Tweed and Area Heritage Centre, and The Rev. Bill Perry’s Under the Bridge and Beyond column, always thought-provokingly pegged to the week’s Bible readings from the Christian lectionary.
And now, thanks to my just-revealed Valentine’s gift, I will receive the Tweed News by mail every week in Montreal! It will be a wonderful link to this special part of the world on the many weeks when I am
not able to be here. Pretty nice gift, eh?
But wait: there was more! Not only does my subscription start with the Feb. 13 issue (the one just before Valentine’s Day), but in that issue, in the Tweed News classifieds, is a valentine – to me! From Raymond! You can see it in the photo.
How lovely is that?
And how lucky am I?
Happy Valentine’s Day, Raymond. Will you be my Valentine?