I love Valentine’s Day.
There, I said it. I know it gets a bad rap sometimes, because it’s the one day of the year that guys are expected (if not forced) to do something romantic. Case in point, Nate was listening to sports radio the other day; and every other commercial reminded guys to buy flowers, diamonds, chocolate, teddy bears, and pajama-grams before it was too late. When he started to look quite stressed and nervous, I reminded him that I don’t need – or want – all of those things; and he was finally able to just focus on the sports.
It can easily become just another-one-of-those-holidays that are over-commercialized and lost in the endless adds and spending frenzies.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Nate usually does buy me flowers, and I absolutely adore them and couldn’t care less that he picked them up this time because there was a romantic holiday to celebrate. He still has that “I hope she loves these” look in his face, when he happily hands them over and waits for my excited squeals.
And we usually go out to dinner, but it’s never anything that will break the bank. It’s supposed to be a romantic day, and – quite frankly – Nate and I tend to choose a place that feels likes ‘us’. So we tend to forego the stuffier, fancier restaurant-atmosphere for a quirky restaurant with New England charm. Or in the past, we’ve even just gone to our favorite coffee shop before watching a movie we both wanted to see.
I think that it can be easy to get caught up in all of the hype; because movies, adds, commercials, and even books tend to portray romance a certain way. In reality, however, romance varies on the couple. It’s what makes you both feel loved, comfortable, and happy.
Sometimes, it’s going back to what brought you together in the first place, no matter how simple that place or action may seem to someone else.
I also see it as a day to let my family and friends know that I love them and couldn’t imagine life without them. (Because even if Nate is my romantic Valentine, you’d better believe that my sister Sarah is officially my valentine too. I mean, gosh, I love that girl!).
So, yeah, I love Valentine’s Day. 🙂 I love the pink and red colors, I love the chocolate flavors, I love the flowers my hubby puts in a vase for me, and I love finding the perfect card that has the right touch of corny humor and this-is-just-how-I-feel sentiment.
I guess at the end of the day, I just love one more excuse (even if I don’t need one) to say “I love you.”