I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I lump it in with the rest of the Hallmark holidays where people are encouraged to go out and spend money on crap nobody really wants, that consists of the same stuff you can always buy but with a design related to the holiday.
Like chocolate or candy that is readily available all year, except now it has hearts on it. Wooooooooo. I do like how it goes to the clearance section once the holiday has passed, though.
(As a total generalization), I see women get all excited when their significant others (I’m referring to men here, since that’s my experience) get them precisely what’s expected of them. Oh, flowers, chocolates and a card that’s whatever was left the day before (or the day of) Valentine’s Day. What a hero!
Or better yet, jewelry! Yay, he knows how to exchange currency for diamonds. It’s just so contrived. Why not do those things some other time of the year, out of the blue? Of course, you can do BOTH, but for the most part I think the women who get the most excited on Valentine’s Day don’t see it any other time of year. Which means the dude’s largely doing it because he feels he HAS to.
Congrats, your man was able to follow the trail of half-conscious guys heading to the pink section of the grocery store, to pick out whatever is left on the shelves. What a sweetheart.
I compare it to New Year’s Eve. There’s all this pressure to do something, to celebrate and go out with your loved one. Except everywhere is crowded (see aforementioned obligatory outing) and over-priced because restaurants know you’ll pay whatever it costs. You’re already there, after all.
I’m glad my wife feels the same way as I do, though I suspect that deep down she’d still like some flowers. And maybe a card. And she did mention the other day that she wanted See’s Candies.
Oh gawd...see ya in the pink aisle, boys!