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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    My Funny Valentine

    Tony Tone
    Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

    Muscatine Living

    The legendary Mr. Frank Sinatra hit it out of the park when he wrote the classic song (this time of year) “My Funny Valentine.” The song includes lyrics like, “Sweet comic, valentine…You make me smile with my heart…You’re my favorite work of art.” The same could be said for my wife, Kasey, who I’m am so thankful to call my valentine.

    Folks, ready or not, this Friday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day, and I just hope you have a plan for the one that you love most. Listen, if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “That’s a Hallmark holiday, I’m not buying anything!” that’s fine, but I promise you that person who’s put up with you for all these years is expecting something. Even a single rose could brighten their day.

    Maybe I’m old school, but I really think surprising your significant other is a win-win. Standby for a big shameless, Hy-Vee plug; maybe you make reservations for dinner on Valentine’s Day in the Market Grille Express featuring Chef Scott cooking for you. That would be a sure-fire way to get on their good side, that’s for sure!

    Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m not taking enough time to stop and smell the roses or spend quality time with my wife. Our schedules are nearly opposite, and sometimes we may not see each other for an entire day. Some would say that could be a strain on a marriage or relationship, but I think it has helped us be closer. Finding the time to be with each other is tough. We’ve got three kids under eight-years-old that are constantly on the go, making it hard to carve out the time.

    Kasey and I are extremely fortunate that when we are able to get away, we have support from our parents including my mom, Sheila, Kasey’s mom, Kim, and her dad, Craig. I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank them for all that they do for us–it makes a big difference!

    So, what will I do for my wife this year? I’m not foolish enough to write it in this column only to have it be delivered to 22,500 households across Muscatine County risking that one of your fine readers could spoil it!

    See, what I actually did was take my wife out for her favorite thing in the entire world this past Saturday, February 8th, crab legs! And here’s the thing, I don’t even like crab legs, but she does and that’s called being married and doing what it takes to make your wife smile.

    I wish all of you a very happy Valentine’s Day, and if you’re alone this year, take solace in knowing just how much money you saved. Maybe what you should do is take yourself out to dinner and order a giant plate of crab legs.

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