Monday, February 14, 2005

Valentines Schmalentines....

I hate Valentines day. Whoever manufactured this "day for lovers" needs to be strung up.

First of all, I don't think there's anything special about doing anything romantic tonight, because wherever you go, there are always at least 10 other couples out there who are doing the same thing. If you want to be truly original, you have to create something totally your own....which is even harder than the traditional V-day date.

Second, it's forced. If you don't participate (even in some small way) you're a chump. It's not like you're being romantic because you WANT're doing it because you HAVE to. That in itself is never a good reason.

Third, your level of participation revolves directly around where you are in your relationship. If you're single, you're probably not going to participate at all. Some would argue this is a good thing (like me), but most would say it's lonely. If you're in a new relationship, you have to do something really cool, the extravagance of which will be decided by HOW new you are. If you're in a long term thing, it just needs to be something. Anything. Even if it's only a week since your anniversary (like it is for me) you still better have some plans. :-)

Personally, I wish Valentines traditions were as simple as they were in grade school. Everyone exchanges little cards with cartoon characters on them, and if you're really'll get some of those little necco hearts in the box, which I love so much.

Luckily my plans tonight were inspired by Heather and are very low key. We are going to stay home and watch movies. That would be a normal Monday for us, except tonight....we're going to dine on some fabulous heart shaped pizza. There are some little card exchanges and what-not, but we're not making a big production of it this year and that's cool. Just goes to show you that if you're with the right person, even Valentines day can be fun.

I suppose the only downfall this year (other than my general disdain for the "holiday" in general) is that I don't think I'm getting any of the candy hearts. If not, that's ok, because tomorrow I can buy them for myself at 50% off.

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