Thursday, February 14, 2008

'Tis 14 February, the Valen-time....

Mr Dearling
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
The while we live, in love let's so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
Anne Dudley Bradstreet, 1612-1672

I give this poem to Mr Dearling every year, because it says what I want to but haven't the poet's tongue; when I get to heaven I'm going to seek out Mrs Bradstreet FIRST, to offer my heartfelt gratitude. (If you're not familiar with her, go to the library).

This is ourselves as "Mr and Mrs Fairchild, first Mayor of Madison and Wife, 1857" and the pictures were taken in our lovely Arboretum, which, if you come to visit (like in April to see the Yarn Harlot) I will personally show you around! I LOVE the Arboretum - as much as I love Mr Dearling only, you know, in a sort of geographic sort of way. Just sayin'.

Not a historically-accurate picture, 1857-ly speaking.



CathyCate said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Mr and Mrs Fairchild! What a great picture -- make that pictureS.

Seeing that green is making me a little crazy, though. I thought I was doing ok with February until that....

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

How many men have received a Valentine blog? One more reason to bless my fortune. I remain

Your ever adoring
Mr. Dearling

Anonymous said...


Excuse me, I must go puke now.


Sort of. That WAS pretty mushy.

MollyBeees said...

Aww! Great pictures! Happy Belated Valentine's Day, Dale and Mr. D!

Iron Needles said...

Very nice, indeed...on all acounts, from your offering, to his acceptance.

Happy v-day to you both.

Nora said...

Dale-Harriet, I am so loving your blog, and I so hate Blogger, because it refuses to link to me, ever! I'm an all-but-Madisonian-native, having grown up just down the road a piece and attended UW, and I love your references to the Arb, State Street, Library Mall, etc. I also have two nieces who live in Lake Mills, so I'm going to be visiting Gosh Yarn It at the earliest possible opportunity!

I'll be back... thanks for the wonderful blogging.