Today somebody asked me what I’m doing for Valentine’s Day. She was sincere and serious and genuinely interested in knowing how we were going to mark the occasion. What occasion???? I know, I know. This is the day that we are supposed to express our love by sending Valentine’s cards, offering candy or presenting flowers to our significant other. I just can’t help but wonder why on earth we put ourselves through this exercise.
I know I’m not the only one who detests Valentine’s Day. It’s not necessarily because I think it’s a sappy, nauseating holiday (although I do think that). I am not one of those “love sucks” kind of people and I’m not anti-romance. But, I don’t think you can manufacture romance. Romance (to me) is my husband bringing home flowers just because he knows I had a hard day — or better yet, for no reason at all, except that he loves me. This year, my husband brought home flowers one day which I thought was incredibly sweet – and I realized later (like…days later) that he was actually remembering the date that he asked me to marry him (which incidentally is December 7th – and if you think that’s ironically humorous, you get me a little bit). Spontaneous expressions of adoration…that’s what I’m looking for – not a date on a calendar that says we are supposed to get a babysitter, go out to dinner and have a perfect date. Because when does that actually happen? In my experience, it’s usually when we least expect it – because when we expect it, it can’t possibly measure up.
And, another thing….don’t those of us who are in a relationship already have dates in which we commemorate their love for one another? We all have varying anniversary dates – first date, first kiss, wedding, etc. Why add another non-sensical date to the list (unless of course any of those things actually took place on Valentine’s Day)?
In the end, I think that a day like Valentine’s Day sets those of us who are in relationships up for disappointment. And, for those not in relationships, it acts as a reminder of that fact.
So, this Valentine’s Day, we’ll probably be doing what we always do on Thursday nights….watching Lost.