Our Valentine’s Date With the Lovings

My husband and I enjoy doing a little something for Valentine’s Day, but due to his work schedule and a church event we decided to celebrate on Saturday. 

We had a marvelous time!

My parents joined us for a delightful brunch hosted by my church family from my college days, and it was the perfect way to start the weekend.

From there we grabbed a late lunch with my folks (hey, we like to eat, lol), and then the hubs and I headed to the movie theater to see Loving

Finally!

This movie came out in limited release in November and I was incredibly disappointed that it wasn’t in our area at the time. I recall sharing this sentiment on Facebook and receiving a particular reply that expressed the belief that maybe it was best that this film wasn’t being shown everywhere as not to heighten the very present racial tension our country is facing. While I wholeheartedly believe this response was well-intentioned, I couldn’t disagree more.

Beyond the movie, this moment in our history is one of many that ought not be forgotten, whether or not it’s perceived as a convenient or comfortable time.

It depicts the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia who were legally married on June 2, 1958, in Washington D.C. However, their marriage was considered to be illegal in their home state.

Upon receiving an anonymous tip, the county sheriff and deputies raided their house in the middle of the night. They were told their marriage license was null and void under Virginia’s 400-year-old anti-miscegenation laws, and were jailed.

From their they began the battle of their lives, and ultimately, in 1967, the historical U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

There is clearly so much more to their story than this brief synopsis, but my hope is that if you’re not familiar with their journey to justice and equality, you will learn about their love for yourselves. If it’s not showing in your area it is now available on Blu-ray.

As the credits rolled, my honey and I definitely held our hands a bit tighter. We had a great discussion and an overwhelming sense of gratitude and humility. 

I somehow managed to make it through the entire movie without letting a tear drop, until that incredible man of mine turned to me and told me that he’d always take care of me. 

Cue all the tears!!

We went on to grab a tasty dessert and wrapped up our evening with very full hearts. 

#ThisIsLoving #ThankYouLovings

I know Valentine’s Day is met with mixed emotions, and hey, to each their own! But we will always take every opportunity, whether in big or small ways, to celebrate the privilege, the blessing, and the gift that is our love and marriage.

Richard and Mildred Loving (Photo Credit: aclu.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32 thoughts on “Our Valentine’s Date With the Lovings

  1. Yah!!! I have been wanting to see this movie also! It was in our theater back when it was released in the fall. It’s $10 a person for our theater and it usually makes sense for us to wait until DVD to watch most movies. This movie sounds like what I expected it be and I love the historical truths to it. I’m glad you guys had a blessed time!

    1. I’m sure you will enjoy it when you have the opportunity to see it. $10 is crazy, lol! We really had a great time!!

      Blessings,
      Patricia

  2. I loved that movie! I actually watched it with my kids. They couldn’t believe that a couple couldn’t be together because they were different races!! Thank you for sharing how you spent your day! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. I look forward to sharing these important issues with my children when they’re old enough. We really enjoyed ourselves and I hope you had a great day too!

      Blessings,
      Patricia

  3. I’ve come across some kid’s picture books about the Lovings, and have been hoping to check this movie out. I know I watched a documentary not too long ago and really enjoyed it. Such a strong couple. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I heard there’s a great documentary on HBO I believe. I’d like to check that out too. Thanks so much for reading!!

      Blessings,
      Patricia

  4. Oh Patty you guys are awesome! I love these sweet pics of you and your fam, you totally get it from your mama by the way. ♥️
    I will have to see this movie now too!
    xo, Nicole

    1. Would you believe that my mom and I denied any resemblance for years?! I actually have my dad’s features but no denying that I am my mother’s child!! I hope you get a chance to see the movie too!
      Blessings,
      Patricia

  5. This beought tears to my eyes. What a perfect way to spend Valentines Day with the people you love. I’ve been wanting to see this movie. I cannot wait to see such a powerful film. ❤

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