[red velvet cake for Alice]
For us the idea of Valentine's Day is lost in the mists of time and memories of giving birth to twins. Yes, it was twenty years ago today that Tom and Alice were born in a hospital outside Frankfurt. That's twenty years of twins and twenty years of double birthday cakes. And twenty years of beautiful bunches of tulips from Simon.
I had no idea on Saturday 13th February 1993 that I would be having the babies the next day (they were three and a half weeks early) so in the small hours of 14th February as I was whisked off in an ambulance, I kept asking Simon to bring my Valentine's Day tulips to the hospital (given on the 13th because those were the days when nothing was open on a Sunday). Sensibly he concentrated on things like toothpaste and slippers instead. But ever since then he's been making sure I do have tulips on 14th February.
[chocolate cake for Tom]
I didn't have any vision of how Tom and Alice would be at 20. But as they both happen to be at home today (it's university reading week), I can say thay they are looking pretty good.
[tulips for me]