Friday, 11 February 2011

All for one day of love: A Valentine's day special

So Valentine's day is round the corner again. I've heard some people say they don't celebrate this particular day because it's just another way for retailers to make money off people. We should show love to our spouse/loved one every day of the year and not just on one particular day. Whilst I actually agree with this I still think there is a valid counterargument for one specific lovers' day. And it's not just because I love the flowers and gifts. You see, I don't think it's realistic to expect the same level of affection that you get on Valentine's day on every other day of the year. What can I say, I'm a realist. It's just not possible. Think about it. The effort that goes into making that day special for a loved one can be exhausting at times. I don't think it can be replicated 365 days a year, do you? OK, I know it need not be exhausting (I once opened a free magazine on the bus and found a tip for a Valentine's day present which turned out to be one of the best I ever gave! I think it was anyway...). But even trying to come up with something original apart from the usual card and chocolates/flowers thing can be tiring! And you can't do that everyday of the year; there's just so much other stuff to do!

Ever watched that movie, 'Christmas Everyday'? If you haven't, look it up on Google. Or Wikipedia. The name kinda says it all though. A kid is basically forced to relive Christmas everyday thanks to a wish his sister makes. Everyday he wakes up is the same; he knows exactly what to expect. Imagine if that happened with Valentine's day. Everyday you wake up, there's a beautiful bunch of flowers for you, a lovely box of chocolates, a personalised card saying 'I love you', tickets to the cinema, a reservation at your favourite restaurant, the list goes on. I don't know about you but that sounds like a nightmare to me!

OK, OK...I know that's not the idea behind the anti-Valentine's day argument, but that is what comes to my mind when someone says 'show them the same kind of love and affection you would on Valentine's day, everyday'. You can say 'I love you' (and mean it) everyday, buy her flowers maybe once a week, let him have a guys' night maybe once a month, but you can't make everyday Valentine's day. So don't try to. One day of some extra lovin' is all we need. So, take her out. Cook his favourite meal. Buy that jewellery she's been staring at in the catalogue for weeks. Go away for the weekend. I dunno, do something extra-nice. Go on, you know you want to.


  1. True stuff, never thought about it like that. Nice one.

  2. Thank you yinkstersworld! yeah it was just a thought; not one that I'd had before either...