At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old woman I’ve never been that keen on Valentine’s Day. I fear it is turning into yet another commercial consumer racket. Some people really feel the pressure for something extravagant to happen on 14th February and are weighed down by disappointment if doesn’t. Furthermore, whether you are a teenager or adult looking for love and you don’t have a partner on Valentine’s Day, it can reinforce the very fact that Yes, you are on your own and there’s something wrong with that.
Whilst I was at 6th Form college studying (technically) for my A’ Levels, though if the truth be known I wasn’t doing much work …… I digress …… I was living with my bestie who just happened to be a boy magnet. Both the years we shared digs she received at least two bunches of flowers and the postman was weighed down with cards. What did I get? A supposedly anonymous card from my dear father, kind but somehow it hit home even harder that I was somewhat lacking in the mysterious admirer or boyfriend department.
Nick and I have just celebrated 25 years together and haven’t once given each other a card to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’ve never really felt the need. Having said that, some years quite unexpectedly he has gone out to the garden and hunted for a flower of some sort (quite a feat in February) and then presented it to me as if it is the biggest bunch of roses you have ever seen. It makes me laugh every time. Having said that he is just as likely to do that on any other day of the year; in other words just because he feels like it.
My point is, don’t despair if you are on your own or there are no cards, chocolates, flowers or champagne. One day in February isn’t special but YOU are.
And if you are one of the lucky ones who gets proposed to on Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter), many many congratulations and lots of love to you both.