Here’s my take on Valentines day and it’s basically the same as a lot of people who I know. This is a day created by makers of greeting cards, gift manufactures, chocolate & confectionery companies. Shops, online or in person, also latch onto this day and have made it a marketing gimmick in so much that it’s all about getting a discount/special offer for the consumer and making a profit for the companies. That in itself isn’t such a bad thing: I mean it isn’t only the Ferengis of the Star Trek world who love a good profit and who on earth doesn’t like a good offer on goods?
When I was a teenager, I yearned for the time when I would actually have a Valentine and could share this time with. At the age of 17 I had a gf and we shared a lot of gifts & cards on Valentine’s day. I even went to the extent of making an elaborate & stylistically pleasing series of cards, each one leading onto the other, at one point. I can be quite creative when I put my mind & heart to it and I was all that and more. I also remember getting the absolutely biggest Valentine card by this same ex back in 1996. It was a lot of fun.
Years later I have often thought that why must there be only a single day out of the entire year that you get to express your undying love for your gf, spouse, significant other? Is that all they are worth? I like the corny & silly but still knock-out answer of ‘honey, every day is Valentine’s day with you?” Ofcourse this only works if your spouse/gf does not a close girlfriend who she shares stories with. And if that girl/woman has just had an elaborate multi-course dinner, lots of bubbly, gifts, flower petals and the works done for her by her significant other – you are done for! Your gf/spouse is now gonna use you for target practise.
Ok, coming back to the topic at hand, I do not think such a day is necessary as long as you allow the romantic devil in you to occasionally show himself and treat your spouse to a little nice something. Maybe once a month or so, just to keep the fires burning. That actually makes more sense and means more.