While Valentine's Day may seem like another Hallmark holiday with over-priced cards, candies, heart shaped balloons and a line out the door for teddy bears, chocolate, and flowers, I still think it is an important day to think about all the people that we love and are very important to us.
Eric and I learned years back that Valentine's day is best spent at home. Our Sophmore year of college was our first Valentine's day together (YIKES) and we were going to do it big. His parents were in town so we were going to celebrate together at the best italian restaurant in town! We made reservations well in advance and arrived on the early side. Little did we know, the reservation was not going to be honored and the wait was an hour after we thought we reserved our table. We decided to have Eric's parents wait at the restaurant, while the two of us drove around to find another option. WRONG! Everyone was out, and everywhere was booked. We killed enough time so that when we came back to the restaurant it was almost our time to be seated. PHEW!
The food was delicious as always, but the service was terrible. We were rushed in and out and all swore we would never let it happen again!
With that being said, we now spend the actual night of Valentine's day at home, with a home-cooked (kinda) meal, and reserve our own Valentine's day for either earlier or later in the week. Tonight, Eric is in charge of the main course, and I will take care of the sides. I am looking forward to a nice, relaxing night with my Valentine because it's not about where you are, but rather who you are with that counts!
Although we should remind our loved ones everyday, we all get busy with work, school, children, appointments and just plain old life, that we sometimes forget. I encourage you all to use this day to phone a friend you haven't spoken to in a while, send an e-card to your high school buddies and even smile a little bigger at the grocery check out.
And DO NOT forget to get that special person in your life a little something... let's say, FLOWERS! (What else would they put in their promotional vase?)
The Beatles said it the best, "all you need is love!"