I'm not a fan of commercialism, either. All of our holidays are more or less contrived, so it doesn't matter to me what the reason - we're still expressing a sentiment on a day we've decided is "special".
If Valentine's Day is meant to show those we love our appreciation that we've found them and share our lives, then I can't see it being restricted to women. Don't we appreciate our guys? Sure, day to day stuff is appreciated by anyone. But isn't it nice to have a special showing? How happily embarrassing to have flowers, or some little gift, show up in a public venue. "Somebody loves me!" Sure, corny, maybe. But don't you believe that every other person in the room isn't noticing, and thinking, "gee, I'll bet that feels nice!"
When my DH and I were just dating, I used to send little foolishnesses to him at his job.
I once had a big load of flowers (I mean B-I-G) delivered and placed on the front seat of his little bitty English sportscar... right where everybody would pass it and see this garden bursting out of all the windows and crevices. He fussed at me later... but he was smiling and blushing as he fussed.
I had a local bakery deliver a "birthday" to his job one year. Cake and ice cream and decorations and party hats and favors... everybody loved it, and he had to acknowledge the personal holiday and take the friendly ribbing from his coworkers.
The thing is, there's no predicting. Some years we don't celebrate anything. Some years, I just get in a mood at one holiday (not even necessarily a major one) and do some wackiness like this.
Our guys appreciate our affections and special efforts too. They deserve it! You WANT them there, don't you?!? Let them know.
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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