Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day

It’s was yesterday. What is it, REALLY? A Hallmark Holiday? A party day for grade-schoolers? A day to remember your love? Is it REALLY important? I mean, if you love your partner, family and friends, you let them know every day of the year, don’t you?? You don’t reserve it for one day to show affection, Valentine’s Day.

Call me cynical, call me jaded, call me “whatever”. In years past, I’ve been accused of being like this because I didn’t have a “love” in my life. Some people thought I felt like this because I would be alone. But it’s not that. It’s the whole commercialism thing. I don’t need jewelers, card, flower, and candy companies telling me that I should spend money to show my affection….oh but wait….

…now in the media, I hear it’s really a “woman’s” holiday! So that means that guys are “obligated” to do something nice for their SOs or else there’s hell to pay. What is the point here? Where are all the feminists when you need them? Why aren’t they speaking out against this crap? Are they at dinner receiving gifts?? I wonder….

The media reported the average person spends $101 for Valentines Day. Wow, that’s amazing. I would rather spend time being together, laughing, having fun, enjoying each other than be caught up in the retail shopping frenzy of having to have a gift.

As it turned out, someone at work gave all of the women a chocolate rose and the graphic designer created a nice ecard for all of the women co-workers. So, they both were thoughtful and nice.

We went out to dinner and he bought me a card. Now, the bitch of it all is that I told him specifically a card is ok, but nothing else. Then, I ran out of time and didn’t even get to buy him a card. So I got a great card and didn’t even buy him one. **GUILT**

The bottom line, I think it’s nice to tell the people that you love them that you do love them. I think it’s nice to let co-workers know you realize they are women and respect them on this “woman’s” holiday. I think it was nice that we went out to dinner, and every time we go out to dinner I think it’s nice. But the best part was just spending some time with him. That’s what I like. TIME

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