Valentine’s Day Memories from Delaware Today Staffers

We share some of our best and worst stories.

Valentine’s Day—you either love it or love to hate it. For some Delaware Today employees, their feelings regarding the holiday are mixed. Read below and see how your Valentine’s Day memories rank with ours.


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“Several years ago my husband Joe bought me a new car windshield for Valentine’s Day. A very practical gift because I had a crack in my old one, but not very romantic. We still joke about it to this day.”

—Becky Galante, account executive, Delaware Today and Main Line Today 

“My best memory was going to a Busta Rhymes concert in Philadelphia with my boyfriend, now husband, in 1997. On a side note, mixing rum in a Coke slurpee is not a good idea.”

—Belinda Cimo, production manager, Today Media, Delaware and Main Line Divisions

“My boyfriend Stevie wanted to make me a special dinner for our first Valentine’s Day. When he asked if there was anything I don’t eat, I said one thing: cilantro.  

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That night, dinner was delayed because his car battery died on the way home from work. Hours later, dinner was finally ready. To my dismay, the meal consisted of a cilantro salad and seafood paella that was heavily garnished with cilantro. On the bright side, dessert was cilantro-free.

Last year, Stevie and I were in Palm Springs, Calif. for Valentine’s Day. We spent the day by the pool, enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. That night we had an amazing sushi dinner. We finished the evening by watching ‘Titanic’ in our hotel room and laughing when Rose says, ‘I’ll never let go, Jack,’ even though she pushes him off the door that was keeping her afloat.”

—Aimee Gibison, sales coordinator, Delaware Today

“I was invited to lunch by someone on whom I had a crush. Waiting for me at the table was a card and a rose. When we left, he asked me to come sit in his car with him for a moment. When the door shut and I turned to look at him, he handed me a gift box that contained a bracelet. We also kissed—it was a lovely Valentine’s Day.”

—Cindi Viviano, senior account executive, Delaware Today and Main Line Today

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“It was almost 20 years ago, but I can see it like it was last week. I was in my 30s, with a painful divorce a couple years behind me. I had started seeing a woman whom I had known and admired for years.  

We had nurtured our relationship slowly with casual dinner dates and shared confidences. It progressed toward movies at the Ritz, dinners in Philly, the Jazz Festival on Rodney Square and visits to Fells Point in Baltimore.

This wasn’t a passing infatuation, but a serious budding romance. We soaked up every tender moment like young puppies learning how to play. 

We had treated ourselves to a single overnight getaway at the Mendenhall Inn. The next day, Valentine’s Day, dawned with an unexpected snowfall, the most beautiful I’d ever seen. We drove home on Kennett Pike, giddy with exhilaration, laughing at the fat and fluffy snowflakes rushing at the windshield.

On a whim, I pulled over and we walked into the woods on a tract of Woodlawn Trustees property. Like schoolmates, we carved our initials into a tall tree while those fat snowflakes drifted down and stuck to my hair and her fuzzy hat.

I think she might have been the only woman I ever really loved. Remembering it now, I feel like my heart has a tummy ache.”


How about you? Do you have a Valentine’s Day story you would like to share? Don’t be shy—comment below or feel free to email the editorial team at: 

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