I love Valentine's Day. No, really, I really love it! Possibly because I'm the world's biggest sap. I'm a romantic at heart, can't help it, just am.
So when Valentine's Day rolls around each year, forget about Christmas, Easter, Australia Day, birthdays, mother's day, father's day, the Queen's birthday (why do we celebrate that one again?), Labour Day (huh?)...I'm as happy as a pig in pink rose petals. Yep, Valentine's is the biggie for me.
Why? Well, it certainly isn't because I've been showered with exquisite gifts from secret admirers. No, that has never happened. Although I did get a card once, in the mail, from a secret admirer. I later found out who it was but sadly it wasn't to be. It certainly isn't because in my first year teaching the young male teachers thought it would be funny to send me a huge bunch of flowers to the school staff room because they knew I would turn bright red, and I did. It certainly isn't because I have received nothing, done nothing, had no Valentine for most of my 41 Valentine's Days.
I've always loved it because of the possibilities. Go on, play your wildest dreams and think for a moment they 'might' come true this Valentine's Day. That's fun, right? However, this was usually followed by bitter disappointment when I got nothin'.
But I really love it now because I have the most wonderful Valentine. He always does something for Valentine's day (and often on other days, too). He has given me flowers and cards, perfume and dinner dates. And he's given me cute and quirky things that he knows I will love.
Today he came home from the video store (when will we start saying DVD store?) with a present for everyone. Everyone?
"What's my present?" I excitedly squeal.
"I got you a Valentine's present," he proudly grins.
It's not wrapped, doesn't have to be. It's not Valentine's Day yet, but it's close.
So, what was it? A Dirty Dancing PC game.
Yeah, it was on the throw out table. Yeah, it was only $4.95. But he knows Dirty Dancing is my favourite movie. And he knows I love playing games, computer or otherwise. I love my Valentine's gift. No disappointment this year. I'm a happy little Valentine.
Oh, and it's not over yet. This weekend his mother has very kindly offered to mind the kids while we go see the movie he's been dying to see, Avatar. I'm not so keen, not keen at all really. But I'd do anything for my Valentine on Valentine's Day. We might even be able to squeeze in a dinner date as well. Considering our last date was Valentine's Day last year, we need to make the most of it!!
I love my funny Valentine.
If you don't have one, do you wish you did?
And if you do have one, do you appreciate them just a little bit more on Valentine's Day?