Yes, it is that day again! Millions of dollars worth of over-priced cards, flowers and chocolates will be changing hands and thousands of us will be hoping we got a good table at the over-booked restaurant tonight. Will the roses be up to standard? Future happiness could depend on it!
Ah, what the hell? Do we really need a special day for being nice to our husband/wife/girlfriend? If you answered "YES" you should be ashamed of yourself! Be nice all of the time - well most of the time, at least, I accept that all of the time is probably impossible...
To tell the truth, this is only the third Valentine's Day that my wife and I have celebrated - and we have been together for a long time.!
"Why?" I hear you ask. Now that is a very good question! Aren't you proud that you thought of it?
Well, you see, when my wife and I first got together money was rather tight. Year after year circumstances conspired to ensure that come Feb we were totally, and I mean TOTALLY, broke. Flowers, cards, chocolates and special meals were out of the question. So we just treated it as another normal day. We had each other, we were in love and what else mattered?
As time passed, we found that we were not TOTALLY broke when Feb arrived but we were so used to not celebrating that it stayed that way. For a long time my wife said to me that if I ever bought her anything special for Valentine's Day she would suspect that I was having an affair!
Anyway, we finally broke our tradition a couple of years ago - not sure why - but I am glad we did. We exchanged cards and presents at 6am when I was getting up to walk the dog and we are going to have something nice for dinner tonight. Not sure what, but it looks like it is my choice unless it stops being my choice at some point! We will see.
Anyway, have a great Valentine's Day. Give your husband/ wife/ girlfriend/ boyfriend/ mistress/ toy boy an extra big hug. If you are single, get out and hook someone for the night. If you don't fancy that watch a good movie and scoff a ton of chocolate - whatever makes you happy!
Love to you all.