I just finished reading my Facebook feed this morning. Given that it is the day after Valentine’s, a lot of the posts were either from people talking about what they got/did for the day or from single friends talking about how the day isn’t one of their favorites.
Those conflicting viewpoints seemed like a good blog post.
I admit, I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day — now. When I was younger, it was a total downer. I never had a boyfriend in high school or college, so the only time I got anything for Valentine’s was if my parents thought to send me a balloon or flowers.
After college, I never seriously dated anyone until Matt — so Valentine’s was the same story. One year my brother-in-law Kevin did manage to make mine and Monda’s day by bringing us roses. Hers was from Tom Cruise and mine was from Kid Rock (I had taken Kevin to that concert for his birthday).
So I totally know where my single friends are coming from. Even if you embrace your singleness, it can be hard on a day that is devoted to coupledom.
I’m sure Matt and I don’t make it easy. You see, my husband and I are big observers of Valentine’s Day. We both see it as a reminder to appreciate each other. He knows I love flowers, so a bouquet is usually sent to me. I try to find something that will make his day. This year, inspiration was lacking so he got candy — but can you really go wrong with Whoppers and Sour Patch Kids?
For me, the day isn’t so much about flowers or gifts or romantic dinners, its about a reminder to tell Matt how much he means to me. I try to do that other times, but as life gets busy, its good to have a day that is about that.
So, what does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Is it a downer? Is it a chore? Or do you enjoy the day? The comment-line is open.