What your love really wants this Valentine's Day

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 17:02 PM.

Alaqua's Laurie Hood is also a happy lady. "I already received my special gift," she said. "My 7-year-old son asked me to be his date for his Valentines Day Dance!"

Mack Bayou's Lynn Wesson's perfect Valentine's Day would be to enjoy a fabulous meal with all her children and grandchildren at the same table. "My three boys, my three beautiful daughters-in-law and, especially, my three magnificent grandchildren. However, they live in three different states. So I settle for gathering up and sending them Valentine goodies," she said.

Santa Rosa Beach interior decorator Kenda Jordan has an altruistic approach to the day. "I see a perfect Valentine's Day as a day without pain or sickness, hunger or thirst, hatred or injustice. It would be a day spent in perfect love, with no expectations or obligation. It would be a day spent living with the heart of God," she said.

Melanie Barrett and her husband have a standing tradition for the day: "Spending the weekend in Jacksonville at the beach, staying at the Quality Inn Suites, and having dinner at Casa Marina, which opened its doors in Jacksonville at the beach in 1925. This has been our thing to do for several years on Valentine's Day."

The lone male responder, Eastern Lake's Lane Rees's perfect Valentine's Day might be summed up as personal quality time. "I would wish for a whole day and night with Brenda — no meetings, no emails, etc., — ending with dinner overlooking Eastern Lake and the Gulf," he said.

Public relations lady Madra McDonald also is wishing for a day without gadgets. She envisions a relaxing day and evening with her husband spent restaurant hopping at their favorite spots sans their smart phones. "And, maybe a pedicure and massage for me!" she added.

Sandestin's Mary Damroth's formula for a perfect day is simple: "Chocolate cake, good wine and friends — but, not in that order!"



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