Every year since they met back in 1979, Ron Kramer has been keeping their Valentine’s tradition going for his wife, Donna. She was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago, but he still refills the same heart-shaped box with her favorite chocolates every year.
Ron has been recreating the couple’s first Valentine’s Day together for almost 40 years now, buying Donna’s beloved dark chocolate cremes from Buffett’s Candies, a gourmet candy shop in their hometown of Albuquerque, to put back in that same box he gave her in 1979. The chocolates used to cost $13, but today it’s $41 to fill his Valentine box, but he doesn’t mind a bit.
He knows her dementia will eventually take away her memory of who he is, so he treasures getting to spoil her now. And Donna doesn’t remember everything, but she knows she’s lucky to have Ron. "That's why I'm going to keep him. He's a keeper," she said. "I married him years ago, and I love him as much today as I did then."