When I first started writing for this blog, I wrote about my views on Valentine’s Day and what I thought Love Is… now as it approaches again, I have been thinking about it once more. Once again, my husband will be travelling with work on that love struck day and I will be left at home to fend myself. Don’t worry I’m a big girl, and it seems that his work have decided to run an event on the nearest weekend to Valentine’s every year, it’s something we can’t escape.
I make no secret of the fact I love ‘shiny things’ and what girl doesn’t love flowers? But I do still cringe at the hideous commercialisation that Valentine’s has become. The endless diatribe of tat you can buy from your local petrol station or supermarket. I really don’t need a cheap teddy holding a heart … thanks (apologies to anyone that loves them).
But, now that we have a toddler and another baby on the way, there is something to be said for taking some time out together as a couple. The fact is, we never go out to dinner alone anymore. I can recall to you the very last time we did, it was June 2012. We have gone out for lunches or a few early dinners (mainly on holiday) taking our son along with us, but as our nearest relative is over an hour away, and I have yet to find a good babysitter (or really have the money for one), this is just the way it is. This is not a woe is me post, far from it, I chose to have a child and I am willing to make the sacrifices this requires. But it does mean that we have found a lot less time for romance in our lives.
So part of me does look forward to Valentine’s Day. We would probably have a homemade, but hopefully candle-lit dinner or maybe even a takeaway and take time out together if my husband was home. But he won’t be and as I am currently not working, his career is ever more important. So hopefully we will have our Valentine’s on a day after he returns. Sometimes I get flowers, sometimes not. We shall see what the day brings, but I don’t have any expectations other than receiving a card.
How about you? Is Valentine’s a big day in your house? Or something you would prefer to ignore all together?