It does us no good to pretend that Valentine's Day is not tomorrow: we all know that it is, so we might as well talk about it. I've heard complaints that Valentine's Day is a "Hallmark holiday," but Valentine's Day got started in the Middle Ages, so that complaint is right out. Sweetest Day and Boss's Day, though, I'm totally with you.
My best Valentine's Days have been when I was single. I'd get together with a friend or two, and we'd pretend to be sad and depressed while we watched romantic movies, ordered pizza, and ate out of a large heart-shaped box of chocolates. Fun. Once--and this was the best of all--I didn't have a boyfriend, but I got a heart-shaped balloon from a secret admirer, and I never did find out who sent it. Secret admirer + movies/pizza/chocolate = Best Valentine's Day Ever.
The Valentine's Days with a boyfriend or husband have always been letdowns. There was the high school boyfriend who gave me a red plush teddy bear with "I Wuv You" on the tummy. The college boyfriend who gave me a bracelet from a gumball machine. The husband who said on Valentine's Day afternoon, "Oh, uh....hey. Do we do Valentine's Day?"
Nevertheless, I am fond of the holiday. I like heart-shaped boxes and the chocolates inside them, and I like pretty Valentine's Day cards, and I liked the card exchange when I was in elementary school, and now I like helping Rob and William with their card exchanges. One of my friends sent me a Valentine's Day card a couple of years ago, and I thought that was a nice thing to do and so now we exchange them each year, and I do the same with my other favorite friend.
Tell me about your Valentine's Day history. Best? Worst? Tomorrow I plan to ask you about THIS Valentine's Day and what your plans are, but for today let's talk about the past.
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