Sunday, February 14, 2010
My mother always made a big deal out of every holiday - Valentine's Day was no exception! She'd get a huge box of those cheapo cards so we could give them to all of our friends, but of course we also had to give one to each member of the family (both parents, two girls, three boys - lotta cards passed around!). She'd bake a heart-shaped chocolate cake, whip up pink frosting, put a little red plastic heart on top - that was always dessert. We'd give out the cards, she'd have little gifts for all of us - it was a wonderful day, and as a child I loved it.
Fast forward through teen years, when we still had our family celebration - and I carried this to college, where my roommates and I would bake our favorite things, buy ice cream, and host a Valentine's Day party for the entire floor in our dorm (which was co-ed). And, as a young single, I had many Valentine's Day parties with friends, with or without significant others.
DH learned early on that I had expectations for Valentine's Day - he isn't big on flowers, so we've compromised - I buy the flowers (for him, sort of) but we keep them at home so that I enjoy them too. I sometimes make a heart-shaped chocolate cake, sometimes flourless chocolate decadence, sometimes we buy each other chocolates. And he either buys pricy food for us to cook at home (as in shrimp and filet mignon), or he takes me out for a wonderful meal.
Yes, we should share love every day. Yes, we should let our loved ones know how much they mean to us. But it's nice to have a day dedicated to love, to relationships, to flowers and romance and caring.
So enjoy the day, spend it with your family or family-by-choice (also known as close friends) and treat YOURSELF well, too!!!!!!