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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines Day

I was out with a few people from work the other night and the subject of Valentines Day arose. No one was positive about it, everyone bemoaned it's existence; the cost of flowers, the overbooked restaurants and the cheesy cards. Everyone, without exception, stated that it was a waste of time and that they would not be making a fuss on Valentines Day this year.

So am I very definitely in the minority? Doesn't anybody really like Valentines Day? Or is their loathing of the day just a front in case no one makes a fuss of them, in case they don't get a card and no one bothers to say ' I love you'?

Now I know we don't need to have an excuse to say those words, I say them every day to my children, but isn't it nice, just sometimes, to feel a little bit special?

I'm nearing middle age now (well we're living longer these days so surely middle age happens later on, yeh?!) and I have never lost the anticipation of Valentines Day. From the squirmily embarrassing moments at school, when you either lie and say you had loads of cards, or deny having any because the one you did receive came from the spottiest boy in the school, to the disappointments of adulthood; I still feel the need to have a 'romantic' day. And I am very aware that it's most likely not going to happen but I like that some people (apparently 9 million roses will be sold in the UK today - yes and I know that that in itself is not a good thing), some people are happily enjoying being together with their loved ones and making small gestures of love. It makes me happy. And very possibly over sentimental.

So this morning, I put on my new bra, painted my toes, splashed on some 'Miss Dior' from a sample bottle and headed into Valentines Day feeling just a little but special! Sad huh?! I gave Tall Girl and Small Sprog a tiny box of Valentines chocolates each and cleared up the cat poo from behind the computer desk - nice of him to remember to leave a 'gift'. Yes readers, a romantic start indeed.

As I gave Small Sprog his chocolates - with a home made heart attached saying 'Happy Valentines Day' just in case he was in any doubt to the occasion - he took them absent-mindedly and said 'Oh, is it Valentines Day?' and I laughed to myself - start as you mean to go on Small Sprog, Valentines Day is just for girls really isn't it?

Oh and I did get a card in the post...just in case you were wondering.

Happy Valentines Day 


nick said...

I love Valentine's Day, it's a great opportunity to be over-romantic and give Jenny extra cuddles and kisses and sweet nothings. It's a shame people are put off by all the commercial hype and the thought of spending lots of money. Well, you don't have to spend much, some very simple gift will do - it's the thought that counts. And isn't it odd that the same people who loathe Valentine's Day can't have enough of all the Christmas hype and expense?

Furtheron said...

I certainly don't bemoan it... however as I woke Mrs F this morning with a cup of tea and her gift she said "Oh Shit it's Valentine's Day!" She had however bought me a really thoughtful gift and cooked me a lovely meal tonight - lovely day

Maggie May said...

I did receive a card and flowers and gave my old man a card too.......... because we have always done that.
How romantic is that after nearly 50 yrs? Is it habit? Guess it might be!
Hope you enjoyed your day. I started off mine, mucking out the rabbits!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Like so many other things, it's not 'cool' among a certain class to enjoy St Valentine's Day, or the X Factor, or Harry Potter movies etc etc :) I loved getting cards from my kids and I have my son a surprise doughnut, which got me the biggest smile of the day :)

Anonymous said...

I sent flowers to my girlfriend, and a card. Oh and took her out for a meal. To be honest though, if it all got cancelled; I wouldn't complain.

Good to see a post from you. So many bloggers seem to be falling by the wayside now.

Polly said...

I love valentines too, what can be more lovely than celebrating love? It sounds like you had a very nice day.

Rose said...

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, Suburbia! I had thought maybe this year Husband would remember...I did get a beautiful bouquet of roses, but from my daughter, not him! Oh well, at least somebody loves me:)

Liz said...

So glad you were a recipient as well! We've given up on all that ...

Suburbia said...

After 50 years Maggie, I think that's fab :-)

Suburbia said...

That's lovely
I wonder where I've gone wrong with my two?!

Suburbia said...

Yes, they do don't they and I seem short of time but don't want to stop
Blogging - though might need to start a new one...too many people read this now for me to be truly free.

Glad you did the card and flowers thing. I am still living in hope!

Suburbia said...

Hi Polly thanks for visiting :-)
The kids and I spent the day chilling out, can't ask for more ( well I would have liked flowers but hey ho!)

Suburbia said...

Yes Rose, mum made a fuss of me! It was an ordinary day here. One day my prince will come!!