Tuesday, February 13, 2007
For many a day of great expectations. For some, happily met. For others, disappointment.
My partner isn't particularly romantic. Flowers to him are simply 'dead presents'. He doesn't get chocolate (which works in my favour sometimes). Practical is his middle name. His idea of a perfect Valentine's gift would be a set of kitchen knives for me and a cordless drill for him. So, last year, when a huge bunch of flowers turned up unexpectedly, I found myself wondering if I really knew the man?
Interrogated later, he happily admitted he'd got the flowers for free. We'd earlier sent a bouquet to my mother in the UK and it had got delivered late. The company offered a make up bouquet. Practical Man snapped it up. Still, the thought was there?
I never set much store by Valentine's Day. The real winners are the card companies, the flower shops and the stores. All prompting you to buy this, that or the other for your loved one. I also think about those who might find themselves alone on Valentine's Day. Perhaps they've recently broken up with or lost someone, not found the right person to share their lives with or simply prefer to be single. If you're not in the latter group, Valentine's Day, with all it's manufactured love and romance, can be right in your face.
For those whose expectations are not met on Valentine's Day, remember to try and put it into perspective. What happens (or rather doesn't happen) on Valentine's Day should not be a deal breaker in a relationship. Far more important is how you're treated every single other day of the year.
Surviving Valentine's Day A lighthearted look at Valentine's Day and singledom