By Steven Morgan
Steven is one of five winners of WFAEats’ Valentine’s food writing contest. We asked our readers to describe their most memorable Valentine’s dinner. We’ll be posting all five winning entries this week.
I was 28 and had a friend who was around 70, Jacque. I was formerly a partner in a business venture that employed a man, Eric, who lived in a motel. I had not seen him in over a year when Jacque told me that he was now homeless (she worked at the shelter where he had been). Last Valentines Day was also his birthday (68?) and we took him out. More than anything he wanted to go to Ryan’s buffet. She picked him up and we met there for dinner. He was so excited. There I was, a single 28 year old guy with an 70 year old woman and an old homeless man on Valentines Day; and I didn’t want to be anywhere else.
After, I took him to the place where he was living, it was a room in a local recycling business. He asked me to come in; he wanted to show it to me. He slept in an old recliner and was so proud of the room. He had cut out pictures of tigers from recycled magazines he found and posted them on the walls.
Later, I could not stop thinking that we all had given each other the best Valentines Day that each of us had ever had.
Other Valentine’s Contest Winners:
- Romance & Little Birds: A Valentine’s Tradition Since 1973
- Aprons, Cast Iron Skillets & Spices Create Valentine’s Memory
- Dream-Eating for ‘The Dress’
- It Was The Oysters