So, today is the day of LOVE. That magical feeling of being loved and giving love. New love, old love, any sort of love…. today is the day you can show it. St. Valentines day – a celebration of romance and romantic love. Let me tell you how I spent my day. I woke up early to the sound of the alarm, no sorry to the sound of my husband snoring his head off and the wind howling outside as it was a very blustery and wet morning. I showered, dressed and slapped on a bit of make up as I had an important meeting to attend in Dublin. Hubby got up at the last minute, as usual, and we set off on our journey, stopping mid way for diesel, coffee and a danish pastry to have on the go.
It was only at this point, did we both realised it was indeed Valentines day. ‘Oh Happy Valentines’ I proceeded to say to my fella ‘and the same to you, my love’ he replied and we threw each other an air kiss across the compartment of the car, well we didn’t want to crash and miss the meeting!
It got me thinking about all the people, young and (maybe) old, hoping upon hope, that someone would remember them today and send them a valentine. A secret admirer would be fabulous and ever so mysterious. I always felt it would be much better to have a secret admirer than to spoil the surprise by knowing whom the card was from – there would be no mystery in that. But what when the expected card from the expected person doesn’t arrive. Does it really mean that they don’t love you, that you are not, in fact, their valentine? I don’t think so. Why do so many pin their hopes and dreams on this day? I am sure there are other days, throughout the year that they are made to feel special and loved and ‘valentined’, but this day, the 14th February, states, you must declare it TODAY!
How many disappointed, broken hearted, irritated, fuming, deal breaking relationships will falter now, if no such Valentine arrived. No red roses, boxes of chocolate, candle lit dinners, diamonds, lingerie, perfume, aftershave, shirts, ties, socks…… SOCKS??? well, what do most women get men? There does seem to be a disparity between the sexes here when it comes to present buying though, no? How many rows will there be tonight and will it be comparable to a romantic, sexy night I wonder?
How many people will feel let down, just because someone says its Valentines day, and they don’t get a thing! My advise, go to the shop, buy yourself a gift, chocolate, ice cream, your favourite tipple, fresh flowers, comfy knickers, put on fresh clean pyjamas, light the fire (if you live in Ireland as its freezing)! put your feet up and watch a movie, with or without your other half (if you have one) if you don’t enjoy the peace and love yourself. Go on you owe it to yourself.
When we came home from Dublin, after having a rather nice lunch after the meeting, there it was. My special envelope laying on the mat. My reminder of the day of love. Love at first sight, sitting there on the ground peeping up at me……. my reminder letter from Specsavers telling me to make an appointment to get my eyes tested!
To all you guys and gals, Happy Valentines day and don’t worry, you have another chance, actually two in July , 6th and 30th if you missed this one……. it’s the Eastern Orthodox Church celebration of St. Valentines Day!