Sunday, February 15, 2009
Valentine's evening turned out to be everything you could hope for in a holiday devoted to expressions of affection. My student and friend Isaac came to dandyland for dinner, along with his mom, dad, & little sister. Isaac was was very elegantly dressed for the occasion; black pants with suspenders, a white shirt with red trim, black tuxedo jacket, black shoes, and something so rarely seen on young gentleman these days - a black silk top hat. Upon his arrival he presented me with a pink and red tissue-wrapped bottle of 2006 chianti and a red rose. What a sense of style! His sister Josie brought a miniature red rose bush. If my heart had any chill previously, it melted on the spot.
After dinner Isaac entertained us with a little music on the piano, with a bit of dancing thrown in to liven things up. At some point he noticed my grandmother's magnifying glass and decided to check himself out in the mirror. That's when I took this pic.
It really was a lovely evening - not at all like the massacre historically associated with St. Valentine.