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.
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 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?