I think it was in 2014 that I heard an advertisement on the radio by the Pawtucket Red Sox for Valentine’s Day. Have their mascot, Paws, deliver flowers to your Valentine. I thought this would be fun and Erika would like it. Well, she loved it! So I did it each year.
Here is Paws visiting Erika in the Associated Press newsroom in Providence. Erika said she was speechless the whole time.
I don’t have a picture of Paws from 2015 but here’s a Winter Walking picture in Lincoln Woods Park.
In 2016, Paws came to visit at our apartment in Providence! One little thing that Erika really loved about this visit is that Paws petted her cat Yukos. She always remembered that.
In 2017, there was some bad timing. Paws came to our house again, but Erika had just run out to the store or something. Paws always comes with a helper as well.
We made up for it by getting a meat and cheese plate later that night.
In 2018, I sent Paws to Erika’s office at the Acadia Center. Paws spent some time wandering around “The Arcade” in Providence, which is actually across the street from her office, but he found her eventually.
Paws had better luck finding her office in 2019.
In 2020, Paws got to visit our house in Lincoln, as Erika was working from home then.
The team was moving from Pawtucket to Worcester, so we knew 2020 would be the last time we’d get to see Paws bringing flowers to Erika. We didn’t know it’d be the last time I’d get to do anything with her on Valentines Day. Thanks for all the happiness and great memories, Paws!