This week I read about romantic scenarios being offered in France for Valentine's Day.

An airplane will fly over the Chateau de Versailles with a message of love displayed on its wings.

A projection of your loved one's portrait will be shown under the Eiffel Tower in the city of Paris.

Some 1,000 red roses will rain down during a luxury dinner cruise on the Seine, enjoyed by you and your loved one.

Across the Great Pond, here in New Milford, greeting cards will be exchanged by members of the Tuz family on Valentine's Day this Sunday.

Those exchanges will perhaps not be as spectacular as the celebrations in France, but they will carry equal messages of love.

Each year, I can count on a card from my mother and one from my sister letting me know how much I mean to them.

My brother has an aversion to sending cards, possibly having to do with his gender.

I search the racks at card stores every February looking for just the right cards to extend my love to all three of my family members. Dad passed away in 2006.

The words must be just right.

The sentiment displayed by the picture must be moving.

The message must express my deep commitment to my family.

Mom turned 80 this January, and my love for her has deepened over the years as we two grow older together.

Dad will always be my Valentine in absentia.

My sister is the light of my life -- always there to hear sad tales and give an embrace should my strength fail.

My brother steps up to the plate if a move is required or a bookcase needs to be built. He always has my back.

Can a card say it all?

Or should I have 1,000 roses rain down on their respective homes in Gaylordsville, Southbury and Bridgewater?

Should I arrange to have a barge sail down the Housatonic River with a banner declaring my love for them?

Or should I have their portrait projected over Lover's Leap Bridge?

I thought long and hard about it and decided that, like most of us, on my salary, cards will have to do.

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