Seasons of Love, a Post for Valentine’s Day.


Love, giddy and new.
An unknown future

Vows, veil, and a bow tie.
Leaving the church
As husband and wife.

A trio of love
In springtime.


In sunshine and shadow,
Autumn’s child
Sleeps on Daddy’s chest.

The family complete.
A new season begins
In the Philippines.

Work and travel.



Parties and dances.














When the children leave,
Moving on


On Valentines Day we celebrate love as it is at this moment in time. But love has a history. It has ups and downs and–as I highlighted in the pictures above–it has seasons.

Today I want to mention a season of love we seldom mention. It’s that time after one partner is gone. Widows and widowers may not send or receive flowers on Valentines Day, but I believe the day still has meaning for anyone who has loved.

So happy Valentine’s Day to all.

About Nicki Chen

About Nicki Chen Nicki Chen is a writer living in Edmonds, WA. Her first novel, Tiger Tail Soup, is set in China during the Japanese invasion and occupation, 1937-1945. She's working on a second novel set in Vanuatu, a South Pacific nation where she and her late husband lived in the early '90s.
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  1. What a beautiful tribute to you and your husband’s love story, Nicki.
    1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  2. After my Dad died, I always made sure that my mother had something to celebrate for Valentine’s Day. It can be a lonely time for partners left behind. I love the collection of pictures. Sometimes I look back and wonder where the time went.

    • I’m lucky that my daughters are as thoughtful as you were with your mother.

      Time, time. It just keeps rolling along. And yet, everything we’ve experienced seems almost as real as the moments we’re living in now.

      (By the way, the first photo in this post was the one I mentioned in your blog last week. It really is kind of silly.)

  3. Lovely Valentine album. I’m glad your daughter sent you some flowers, too.

    I have nosy questions, but you can ignore them.

    Do you miss the days of children and paper lace Valentines most? Or the youthful romance? Or just having someone to share in your joy at how your children turned out?

    • I’m a big fan of chocolates and flowers. I don’t know how much my kids enjoyed making lacy valentines, but I loved it when I was a kid. Making something beautiful and then giving it away is a special kind of pleasure. Most of all, I miss having a partner to share everything with. Our children are an old story by now (although it’s a shame that he missed T’s graduation from law school). Now the grandchildren are where the action is. I love our grandchildren, but Eugene was more extreme in his delight. Every morning he used to kiss their photos on our fridge. This year, many years later, our granddaughter will be graduating from Princeton with a degree in Civil Engineering. Too bad he can’t see that.

  4. Traveller at heart

    I agree with Derrick. Such lovely post. It’s a joy to read a good piece of writing.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. If you can believe it, the hardest thing about putting this together was writing something that was (kind of) poetic on WordPress. It wanted to make a new paragraph each time I hit “enter.” That’s why I typed it up as photo captions. I still have a lot to learn about WordPress.

  5. Wonderful post for Valentines everywhere!

  6. Lovely post with you and Eugene and the family in it. Agree with you that love lasts a lifetime and even after that person has walked out of your life. It certainly isn’t smooth sailing as each of us will experience different things in our lives. Even if we share a lot of our lives together, we are individuals to an extent. Despite your differences and background, good to see that you and Eugene made the love between the two of you work 🙂

    • Thank you, Mabel. You mentioned two essential parts of marriage: sharing your lives and maintaining one’s individuality. The balance is something each couple has to work out. Too far in either direction can be a problem.

  7. Lovely tribute. The pictures are fantastic and I love seeing the changes in your family from one pic to the next.

    Happy Valentine’s day, Nicki!

  8. Nicki, Your husband sounds like the most amazing man – a man who kisses the pictures of the ones he loves. Beautiful!

  9. Beautiful, Nicki ❤❤❤❤

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