Ah, Valentine’s Day. One of the most pointless holidays ever created. It exists purely to sell fluffy teddies, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, red roses and of course greeting cards. It warrants the question: if you love me, why do you need to show it on this one particular day in February?
And yet…the hopeless romantic inside me is dying for a bit of wining and dining this weekend in addition to an excuse to be with “my person”. Not that we need an excuse.
Valentine’s gone by have been fairly anti-climactic. I have great memories of last Valentine’s Day – spent with Johanna and Lyndsay on the couch watching girlie films. Johanna and I went to Tesco to pick up “night-in supplies” and were in hysterics noting that everyone else in the queue around us was male and had some form of the above, chocolate-teddy-roses combo in hand! Spot the single chicks! haha
I also have fairly blurry memories of previous Valentine’s Days that included staying in with a boyfriend and a pizza only to be interrupted by a persistent neighbour, receiving a light bulb as a present (mmm practical) and watching “So I Married an Axe Murderer” while arguing. All with different boyfriends obviously.
There was one Valentine’s Day that surprised me. I was single, in fifth or sixth year and asleep in my bed at home. My mum came in and said “Susan, there’s been a delivery for you” and I responded “Feck off, stop messing with me while I’m trying to sleep”. She brought in a dozen red roses from a very good friend of mine. It was such a lovely gesture!
Also, each year, whether I’m single, attached or confused, I am sure to get a card or email from my sister, Carolyn!
So you see, although my skeptical, independent, feminist side says: “down with Valentines’ Day, its commercial bullcrap!” My girlie romantic side sings, “I love you baby, and if its quite alright, I need you babyyyyy to warm the lonely night I love ….” (you get the picture….also its really hard to sing something in blog form!)
Even if it is a holiday that preys on the emotions of people everywhere – enjoy it for what it is: an excuse to be with the person you love..whether its a boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend!
Happy Early Valentine’s
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