RANT: Give a Little Thought

balloonsFor those of you who celebrate Valentines Day, or feel the need to recognize your loved one with something sweet, this year consider something other than the the trite box o’ chocolates. Don’t get me wrong, I like real chocolate as much as the next addict, but most of what’s being peddled this time of year ain’t really chocolate (it’s milkfats, additives and sugar with chocolate flavoring).

My favorite idea for a Valentine’s gift EVER was conceived by my very clever best friend, Kelly, when we were in high school.  I decided I was going to fill my boyfriend’s jeep with red and white balloons, so she and I drove out to his house Feb 13th, while he was sleeping, way out in the country only to find a locked jeep in his driveway.  I ended up breaking his car door trying to get those things in, which I ultimately did. I got pulled on the way home by a sheriff because I had a head light out, and my boy friend was late to his morning basketball practice because his jeep door was broken and he had to clear all the balloons out of his car before he could drive it.

Kelly, on the other hand, gave her boyfriend a gift for each of the senses.  A framed photo for his eyes, Drakar collogne (or was it Cool Water?) for his smell, a CD for listening, I can’t remember touch, maybe a massager?, and she probably did include a heart-shaped red metallic box of candy for taste….but I’m sure that was because he really special!

So get creative. And take the “eat” out of V-l-n-ine’s Day!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

3 thoughts on “RANT: Give a Little Thought

  1. I don’t get too creative on Valentine’s Day — I always send my wife a dozen long-stemmed red roses — just like I do nine or ten other times a year. One of her co-workers once asked why I send roses so often and the answer was simple: A few weeks after we started dating I brought her a dozen long-stemmed red roses and when I gave them to her I saw a few tears in her beautiful blue eyes — and now every time I send them I am reminded of how beautiful she is, even with tears in her eyes (and we’ve now been married for 35 years). There are some traditions you just don’t mess with. 🙂

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