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Valentine's Day – Love it? Stab it? Whatev?

Valentine”s Day: the hallowed day of love and romance, full of chocolates, champagne, and candle-lit dinners, the day when starry-eyed men propose to their dewy-faced lovers beside a canal as fluffy snow floats gently down around them.

Riiiiight.

I dunno about you, but I”ve never had a Valentine”s Day like that.  I”ve had a crush not give me a card, I”ve watched the popular girl at school carry around a bouquet of flowers and trail balloons from her boyfriend while I stomped alone through the mud, and I”ve fumbled with learning to change stinky diapers as my one day old squalled in front of me.

I suppose that I am just not a very romantic person, and I married someone who isn”t, either.  It”s not that I hate Valentine”s Day, but I fall firmly into the “it”s just another day” camp on it.

That said, I appreciate that it”s a day when intimacy and our relationships are supposed to be in the forefront of our minds.  I love reading about all the Valentine”s Day specials at local restaurants and businesses, and I think that in a online casino lot of ways, I would enjoy taking advantage of them.  Special admission prices to a couples ice skating lesson, prix fixe menus at the fancy places downtown, and free seating to watch a band play on the waterfront all sound like fun activities to enjoy with my husband, but they”re things we”ve enjoyed on other days of the year.  Okay, minus the ice skating thing — I”ve never been ice skating, yet I grew up in the Northeast and now live in Canada, which I”m pretty sure means they”re going to kick me out of this country.

I do have fond memories of racing downstairs every Valentine”s Day as a kid to find the heart-shaped box of chocolates from my mom, and this year, my sister sent up a “happy Valentine”s Day!” card to us that makes me smile every time I see it sitting on my desk.  There”s something to be said for making the people you love happy, and thankfully you don”t even need a movie-worthy snowfall to do it.

So what about you?  How do you feel about Valentine”s Day?

16 comments on “Valentine's Day – Love it? Stab it? Whatev?

  1. Danielle [Left of Lost] on said:

    Yeah, there is definitely something to be said for making those you love happy. I am a firm believer that you should do it all the time, random days, not just on Valentine’s day. Although…..it would be nice to be the one with the flowers and the balloons trailing behind, wouldn’t it? :)
    .-= Danielle [Left of Lost]´s last blog ..Girl Talk Thursday-Valentine’s Day is a RACKET =-.

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    Tatiana Reply:

    That it would!
    .-= Tatiana´s last blog ..Goodnight kisses =-.

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  2. I loved this post. I would only get like one carnation while all the other girls got dozens and dozens. “oh where am i going to put them all?” “up your ass, skank.”
    .-= Pamela´s last blog ..Valentine’s Day =-.

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  3. I honestly can’t believe you’ve never been ice skating. That’s just weird.

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  4. I used to love ice skating.

    I kind of wish we (husband’s especially) had like a monthly reminder to be romantic actually.
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Girl Talk Thursday – Valentine’s Day (everyone’s favorite holiday to hate) =-.

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  5. Brittany on said:

    I completely agree with you; it’s just another day. I agree with what you said so much there is no need for me to contribute to this Girl Talk Thursday haha. You summed up everything I would have wanted to say.
    When I was little my parents would get us little boxes of candy too, and my dad would send my mom,my sister, and I flowers because he was a truck driver and chances usually were that he wasn’t going to be home.
    I do somewhat miss the one day blatantly shown affection ^_^ hehe.
    .-= Brittany´s last blog ..Washer Woes =-.

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  6. uthostage on said:

    I like Maria’s idea of a reminder. Cuz we all know that romance is just not always in the forefront of our (husbands especially) minds. ;)
    .-= uthostage´s last blog ..Girl Talk Thursday – Valentine’s Day? =-.

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  7. Just another day around here, by and large. I expect it’ll be different once the Poptart is in school though.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Girl Talk Thursday: Valentine’s day =-.

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  8. Chibi Jeebs on said:

    It *has* been something of a… deal (not a BIG deal), but this year may be the beginning of the end: money’s tight (as I’m sure it is for most people), so no cards or dinner out. Which, really? Not so bad.

    Now, when are we going ice skating? ;)

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  9. Mary Jo on said:

    Same here Chibi… going for broke, so it’s really not going to happen this year.
    .-= Mary Jo´s last blog ..GTT – Valentine’s Day, meh. =-.

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  10. I want you to have that day of eating in a cafe and strolling hand in hand, all romantic like.

    I also have really fond memories of getting heart-shaped boxes of chocolates as a girl. My mom still gets us Valentine’s gifts and I love, love, love that she puts thoughtful, small gifts together for my boys. So sweet. (Same with my MIL btw)

    I’m excited for you this year. With Maia turning one it’ll be a very special weekend for you, especially when she gives you big kisses and gigantic smiles on Valentine’s Day too. Instead of figuring out diapers (and recovering from a kick-ass delivery at HOME) you’ll be chasing that darling girl and listening to her giggle.

    I miss you oodles. Love you more!
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Love? Hype? Hallmark? =-.

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  11. Shnerfle on said:

    I’m opposed. No matter what I do, I always end up feeling disappointed/guilty/fat on Valentine’s Day.

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  12. Katie @ Why Bother? on said:

    Love the idea of having a tradition between family members. I think one VDay I got flowers from my dad. That was cool.
    .-= Katie @ Why Bother?´s last blog ..Writing Assignment: All For That =-.

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  13. I really don’t have one Valentines day that sticks out, except maybe last years–I clearly remember bragging to the cashier up in Canada that I was a new grandmother of less then 24hrs!
    I like being romanced. I think it is a real dying art, and needs to be rekindled, always. Honestly, I think a lot of women who say it doesn’t matter, are just trying to not be hurt by the fact that your significant other doesn’t go out of their way to do something.
    If my kids lived closer, I would do more then send a card, but that is pretty much what I do now. My son is still home, so will get the normal box of chocolates and maybe something he needed anyway, that I can pass off as a VDay gift :)

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  14. You asked for it. :)

    Mostly, VD is for me and my boys. We go to a movie (a rare treat) and have fancy dinner (Sizzler) and I buy them stuffed animals that physically manifest my eternal devotion. Because the stretch marks aren’t proof enough.

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  15. Supa Dupa Fresh, the Freshwidow on said:

    I’ve always loved the holiday, even when I was single. Probably the masochist in me. At any rate, the art I’d make for it was not a bit sweet, like me.

    thanks for the chance to link, late, to a post about that era of my life.

    X

    Supa

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