I made a conscious decision a few years ago to stop participating in the commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day. Having worked as both retail and restaurant employees, Brian and I both reached a point where we agreed that a day all about love is a wonderful thing, but a day that requires reservations, flowers, chocolates, or diamonds is not, in our collective opinion. Please don’t think that we’re hating on love. Oh, no. We love love. All we need is love. But the whole Valentine’s Day schtick just wasn’t working for us.
To me, Valentine’s Day falls in with New Year’s Eve as a holiday that creates expectations that can never be met. Men, women, singletons . . . the pressure to find the perfect gift, or to create the perfect night, or to be with someone, seems a bit much. If it’s all about love, let’s just let it be all about love. So, here’s to love. I hope that your day will be spent celebrating the love in your life in whatever way makes you happiest. Today I will be eating too many dark chocolate M&M’s, giving the dogs a little extra attention, watching Arthur (I really do love Liza Minnelli), chasing Scarlett around the house, and remembering how lucky and blessed I am to have so much love in my life. Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all.