Valentine’s Day? Pfft. It’s a total scam. You go crazy trying to find the most outlandish ways to demonstrate your love — two dozen roses, the biggest box of candy you can find, diamonds (the jewelry commercials this time of year make me want to upchuck). “Spend all of your money!”
It well-deserves the “Hallmark holiday” moniker it’s acquired in recent years.
Before you crazy romantics jump all over me, I’m really not a stick-in-the-mud — I swear! I just choose practicality over grand gestures. It’s the little things that mean the most to me. I’d rather take a ride down to Philly for a cheesesteak, visit one of our local sushi joints, or stop at a cafe for a little dessert. Flowers? Sure, I like those, but roses especially die quickly — either I lead them to a swift death by neglecting to provide sufficient water, or the cats swat at the blooms, knocking over the vase within minutes of me putting on a tabletop.
Why is there just one day out of the year to focus on showing your love and devotion to your significant other? I call shenanigans. Because when you get right down to it, it’s not about sentiment, it’s about cents. And dollars.
I suppose the same could be said for other holidays, but at least they have roots in religion (Easter and Christmas) or have a special meaning (Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day). Valentine’s Day? Just a commercialized day aimed at getting people to spend their hard-earned money.
And the onus is on all the men out there to shower their women with presents and fine dining. You don’t really see too many Valentine’s Day-themed gifts for the boys.
Folks, if you want to go out for a nice (but not over-the-top) dinner on Valentine’s Day, I’m all for it. But don’t go just to fulfill the need to show society you haven’t “forgotten” your sweetheart. Same goes for flowers, trinkets and jewelry. Don’t go into hock just to give your honey a pair of diamond earrings when you’ve already got $10,000 in credit card debt.
If you really want to prove your love to me, you’ll keep your money in y(our) bank account and make a nice dinner for two. Although I wouldn’t turn down a small box of chocolates!