Have you ever had a secret admirer?

For years I have been setting homemade Valentine treats… 

on an acquaintance’s doorstep with a card and a personal message, one that I hope encourages her, it’s always signed “Your secret admirer.”

I do not know this person very well, we have probably only spoke a few times but very briefly at that.  I know her and some of her story through a mutual friend.  We are Facebook friends, but that’s not saying much.  We don’t exchange messages with each other.  I do love to see what she and her girls are up to in school and dance and other activities.  I’ve watched them grow up and the oldest is in college now.

She is an extraordinarily strong woman who has been through a lot in her young life.  She has had some health issues, she is raising two independent, smart girls with grace and confidence. She is single and managing her home, work and family with gusto.  She is someone that I am proud of.  I’m proud of her as a woman and as a mother.

I, personally love Valentine’s Day. It is one of my favorite days because my oldest son was born on this day, and I received the best gift ever!  I do realize that not everyone loves the day.  I know it can bring stress, competition and sadness.

My purpose for delivering this surprise to her these past years is just so she feels especially loved and noticed on Valentine’s Day.  The first year I delivered to her I saw a Facebook post of how she disliked the day. That is when I decided to start this little tradition. It’s a simple thing, I know, but my hope is that she might be excited and actually look forward to what chocolate delight awaits her each Valentine’s Day.

If she gets a ring doorbell or reads this, she will likely figure it out, if she hasn’t already. If she has figured it out, I’m glad she hasn’t said anything.  I want to continue to do this because everyone loves a surprise and an encouraging word, especially from an admirer.