Well, tomorrow is another Valentine’s Day, and I have seen the retailers trying to cash in for several weeks now. It’s really getting bad with the pressure to give just the right thing……or give to the right person, just because the commercials tell us we must. While I really do love this special day, and what it represents….LOVE…..I don’t feel like anyone should feel pressure to “out give” or keep up with someone else when it comes to gift giving. I also hate how it makes others feel left out or unloved if they don’t have a significant other. That really isn’t fair. I have been in that situation, and I believe it’s also called, “Singles Awareness Day.” Funny, but kind of not.
Sure, every woman wants flowers. I will take flowers any day of the year! Fortunately, my husband brings me bouquets of flowers pretty often. But I am just as happy with a sweet card, a favorite treat (usually Hot Tamales), or a nice dinner out. I don’t need jewelry. I don’t need huge bouquets of flowers delivered to work (although that is fun sometimes!), and I don’t need a new outfit. More than anything, I appreciate the time I get to spend with my husband, because this time of year, he is so busy with his referee schedule that I barely see him. I appreciate that he’s a hard worker, but he really is burning the candle at both ends, and it worries me a bit for his health. Having said that, he will be refereeing tomorrow night, so our Valentine’s Day dinner date will have to wait until the weekend. It’s okay…I’m pretty sure I will still love him by then, if not more!
Valentine’s Day has become so expensive, but also cheapened in how it is approached. You should buy cards and gifts for those you love because you want to, not because you feel obligated to. The same can be said about Christmas….it’s become all about money. Don’t spend money because the commercials and stores tell you that you have to! With the way our society is, and how busy and preoccupied we are with work, family, technology, and social media, why not give the one you love your undivided attention, and write a nice letter telling them how much you love and appreciate them? Spend time making a romantic dinner. Go for a walk together. Turn down the lights, put on some soft music, and dance together. Go for a drive. Those things can’t wear out. Those moments can’t be thrown away. Make memories with each other.
I know that at this point in my life, I try to make a special effort to let my Valentine know how I feel about him every day of the year. Cards don’t have to wait until a special day. Candy and flowers don’t have to wait until a special day. Make every day count, and don’t take each other for granted…..sounds cliche’, but it does hold value. Make this a great Valentine’s Day, and then make the day after that another great day of love! And the day after that, and the day after that, and the day after that! Love is in the air!
“Live every moment, Laugh every day, Love beyond words.”