I will put it out there: As much as I enjoy being spoiled for Valentine’s day and as much as I love to show my husband the appreciation I feel for him being the wonderful husband, friend and partner he is, Valentine’s Day always leaves a foul taste in my mouth. There is something a bit wrong with it. As much as there is something wrong with Mother’s Day and Father’s day. They are all commercial.
I get it. I get the idea of showing the appreciation to the people you love on a specific day. But what is wrong with showing it throughout the year? What is wrong with doing it on one day, any day of the year? With this day coming up, the expectation raises of either buying something special or taking your partner out or just doing something special. And it is on a planned and announced day. Why not doing it on any other day, as a surprise? I feel like it all gets hyped up as well, you need to go bigger and better year after year. A ‘simple’ home cooked meal does not seem to be enough anymore. A bunch of flowers is not enough anymore. For weeks now I see advertising for Valentine’s Day everywhere. TV, magazines and papers were packed with advertising and suggestion about what to buy. And of course it is all about buying. Jewelery, perfumes, you name it. And it kind of irks me.
I think there is no prize tag you can put on your love or on your appreciation for your partner. There is more to it. There is no number which can describe the intensity of your feelings or the gratitude you feel for your other half. Still for some reason we try to organize it in such a ‘drawer’.
Valentine’s Day for me will be a great day spent with my family and beautiful dinner cooked by my husband, which is something I appreciate so so much. As I am the day to day ‘chef’ in the house, I very often feel uninspired and feel like I always end up cooking the same stuff. So the days he takes over and prepares a meal, I know I am up for a treat. A nice dinner with candle light and my family. For me this is the heart in Valentine’s Day.
I hope you guys will have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy whatever you do or whatever gift you get. It will come from the heart for sure.