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Love, Valentines Day, and the Walking Dead

on 14 February 2016

My husband and I have been together for a long time. We have grown up together on this journey as a couple. I remember past Valentines days before kids and they included an expensive dinner, wine, chocolates, and time alone. Over these last few years intimate dinners gazing into each other’s eyes over seafood linguine have been few and far between.

 Securing a qualified sitter (able to handle the challenges of a special needs child) on the most expensive holiday of the year isn’t an easy task. Each family Valentine’s Day isn’t without a fancy meal, wine, and chocolate. Now they’re spent without the eye gazing, in my pajamas, and with two kids cuddled up watching Netflix. These moments are precious to me and I wouldn’t trade them for anything else because really it’s all about love. 

The love I have for my husband, my children, and the love I have for myself. When life is difficult and I find it hard to surf the waves of joy and disappointment I look towards them. My island of stability keeping me laughing, entertained, and loved. My husband and I are huge The Walking Dead fans and love all things zombie. So we’ve been having a count down on the calendar till tomorrow nights Season six premiere. When the show goes into its fall hiatus it’s a sad day in our house. 

  
We find ourselves watching previous seasons on Netflix and this week it’s been a marathon to get us caught up for the big day! My husband knows I have a über crush on Norman Reedus’character Daryl Dixon. He will tease when he sees him on talk shows and he’ll call me into the room and say “honey you’re boyfriend’s on tv.” I will giggle and come running so I can swoon over his loveliness. 

Why Daryl you may ask? Well I love a strong man with family values, able to live off the land, take care of himself in a conflict, offer a supportive ear to a friend in need, and cook a squirrel on a open fire and make it tasty. This may be a spoiler alert for a few so I’ll give you time to stop reading and you can hum TWD theme music…

Daryl has to face the most difficult task when his brother Merle returns to the governors compound and in turn gets bit by a zombie. Daryl storms in to rescue Merle, Andrea, and Mischonne and finds his brother’s blood thirsty gaze in his direction. In order to protection himself he then shoots his brother. The sadness that ensues is palpable as he holds him in his arms and cries out all his pain. 

I have always been a fan since the first season but that scene made me a believer in his character and a lover of all things Norman Reedus. I had first saw him in the Indie hit movie Boon Dock Saints 1 and 2 speaking in Irish accent and I found myself swooning. Tonight will be The Walking Dead Eve so that will mean a Valentine’s Day dinner feast lovingly prepared by my sweet husband. 

There will be wine, chocolate, and heart cookies we will watch Netflix and hang out in our pj’s and enjoy each other’s company.  Then tomorrow you’ll see us cuddled up watching our favourite show and over 1,3000 zombies on the screen in an episode director by Greg Nicotero the phenomenal makeup artist. There will be screams, hiding my face in my pillow at the most gruesome parts, and gazing into my loves eyes. That’s romance after ten years of marriage that’s how we roll. ❤️


33 Responses to “Love, Valentines Day, and the Walking Dead”

  1. amoafowaa says:

    You are blessed. I know how it is to care for a special needs child, not easy but how you blend it with your family is so cool. May God bless your husband and keep the love burning.

  2. Not a fan of The Walking Dead, but the first Boon Dick Saints is brilliant, second one, meh. William Dafoe is superb, plays camp so well.

  3. M.C.Simon says:

    Another great post! “The love I have for my husband, my children, and the love I have for myself.” hooked my heart. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day. <3

  4. 80smetalman says:

    Nice piece. Happy Valentine’s Day Jeanine to you and your family.

  5. lrconsiderer says:

    Hope you had a lovely celebration 🙂

  6. Aw that’s so lovely. I haven’t watched TWD (shame on me! *slaps own wrist*) but nothing says “I love you” like a zombie fest on the sofa in my opinion. I’m pleased you had a great time :0) x

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much! I’ve been hooked since the first season. We have to watch it faithfully with the after show The Talking Dead. The scarier the content the more cuddles are given. ?

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