I happen to be a romantic at heart. Always have been, always will be. This ‘condition’ is exacerbated by my love of trashy Historical Romance novels. Or the occasional ‘Chick Flick’. In spite of my love of all things romantic, Valentine’s Day is not one of my favorite holidays. Sure, it’s the ‘official’ day of lovers and candy and flowers; it’s the day when greeting card companies inundate us with sappy sentimental prose, and jewelry store commercials are rampant hawking the next best love-inducing trinket with a storyline.
Maybe I’ve become jaded over this particular holiday because its become so commercialized. Or maybe it’s because I’ve always been with guys that are not romantics at all. Hubby happens to be one of those non-romantic ones. Opposites do attract after all. He’s not big on holidays in general, let alone one that tends to initiate excessive pricing all in the name of love. I do have to agree, though, that it’s ridiculous that you can buy a dozen roses for a reasonable price before or after Valentine’s Day, but the immediate days preceding the actual day? Highway robbery!
I much prefer to receive flowers randomly, because the sender simply wanted to, not because they felt they had to. Even better is a bouquet from the grocery store simply because he was thinking of me as he was out running an errand. The flowers mean a lot more that way – more thoughtful – rather than the giver feeling obligated because some holiday dictates it so. Would I turn my nose up at gifts or cards or flowers or chocolates? Of course not! I’m a romantic at heart, remember?
That’s not to say we won’t celebrate Valentine’s Day – we exchange schmoopy or funny cards, and sometimes hubby will even surprise me with one of those love-inducing trinkets. But only if I specifically say it’s something I’d like, or remind him of the looming holiday. Otherwise he’ll forget. There’s a reason he’s jokingly referred to as the ‘Absent Minded Professor’. At least getting something for him is very easy, even though every year he tells me not to get him anything. But when I give him plenty of chocolate he’s a happy boy. The Absent Minded Professor may not be a romantic, but he’s definitely a chocoholic.
We agreed long ago not to do the whole ‘dinner out’ on Valentine’s Day – even restaurants that don’t normally take reservations will change their policy and only take reservations for that special day…and raise their prices. Since I actually enjoy cooking – especially for special occasions – I always cook an extra special dinner each year. Usually a multiple-course meal that’s Valentine’s Day-ish worthy.
Princess Nagger has acquired the romantic gene from me – she’s extra excited for Valentine’s Day, and already mentioned she’d love to have a stuffed dinosaur holding a heart. I wasn’t able to find one, so she’s said that any stuffed animal holding a heart will be fine, as long as it’s either purple or red – her two favorite colors. And chocolate. And gumballs. And maybe some gummy bears or gummy fish or gummy worms. That kind of celebrating the ‘day of love’ I can certainly get into.
This Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by Jen, who celebrates Valentine’s Day with flair by saving her hubby’s life and is Sprite’s Keeper. Head on over and check out the other spinners – see how everyone views Valentine’s Day and what it means to them. There’s quite an eclectic mix!