February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day In My World

My distaste for Valentine's Day started about 6 years ago.

Married just 4 months, my husband attempted to surprise me by sending me flowers at work. All day, he kept calling me to see "what was up" and I was actually getting annoyed by the frequency of his calls. He NEVER calls me that many times in a day. By the end of the day, he finally asked me if anything showed up at my office for me. His surprise was ruined after telling me I was supposed to get flowers that never showed up. Being the sweet guy he is, he quickly ran out to the nearest florist and bought me flowers so I would be at least somewhat surprised when I got home. He more than made up for FTD's major fail. The funniest part of the story is that I got the flowers. The next day. They were dead. It was awful. FTD offered to send new ones... um... thanks but the moment has passed. He actually had to BEG for a refund. WTH?

We actually chuckle about that story now. It has completely changed how we celebrate (or don't celebrate) Valentine's Day to this day.

It amazes me how much as changed in the last 6 years since that fateful Valentine's Day. On Sunday, we went to my godson's baptism at the same church that we got married in 6 1/2 years ago. At the end of the regular mass, to my surprise, they were holding a vow renewal for all married couples. Standing there, our 3.5 year old in our arms, trying to say our vows over our child's interruptions, I smiled. This little family we created is our life now and it was the perfect moment to renew our vow and commitment to each other and to our family.

Following the baptism, we went to the luncheon and I was asked, "So what are your plans for Valentine's Day." Without hesitation, I told him we were going to a party at Jack's preschool. He looked at me funny and asked what WE (me and my husband) were doing. With a confused look and a chuckle, I said that we don't really specifically celebrate the day anymore.

Valentine's Day has really turned into a day to simply celebrate our family and our love for each other. It doesn't need to be filled with gifts or flowers that will die in a week anyway (I'm lucky if they last that long).  I definitely don't need chocolates or candies. As long as we spend time together, that is enough for me.

Although... I did treat myself to a new pair of Rock & Republic jeans... I never said you couldn't buy gifts for yourself!

 How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?


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