From the internationally famous Fandango comes this Valentine’s Day question:
I hate the fuss and fury made over Valentine’s day. I thought it was fun when I was in third grade and we got to cut out hearts from red colored paper and paste it on a paper doily. I was 7.
Adult relationships aren’t built on holidays. It’s nice to be remembered on my birthday and our anniversary, but we’ve often delayed these celebrations because one or both of us were working or not feeling well. Being hugged and told I’m loved and to have a happy birthday is wonderful. How much more do I need? We give presents to each other all year round.
We have no plans for Valentine’s Day.
If you need this holiday to prove your love, you aren’t in love. Garry will get me a card because he is big on cards. I will give a kiss him because I’m big on kisses. But Garry buys me flowers whenever he has a few spare dollars, and I don’t save my kisses and hugs for special events.
We have no plans except for a surprise family dinner. My granddaughter and her mom scored a leg of lamb which we shall all joyfully consume. Owen will bake bread. But it’s not because it’s a holiday. It’s because it’s Owen’s day off. We’ll have to open the dining table which means I’ll have to move all my camera equipment which is currently taking up pretty the entire table. When of the big lessons of my photographic life has been to always keep a camera handy. That perfect shot you missed will probably never come back. I keep the cameras where I can grab them and since I have a lot of cameras, I have a favorite lens on each camera. If I see something I want to photograph, there will be a camera with the right lens on it and I won’t lose the shot.
In just short of 74 years, I’ve never gotten a special gift for Valentine’s Day. I can’t imagine a relationship so pathetic that failing to “come through” with a gift on this super silly day breaks up a couple. Seriously, if your relationship is that fragile, you’ve got a much bigger problem than forgetting Valentine’s Day.