It’s the month of February. It’s when love is in the air, every store displays its handpicked collection of red dresses, the prices of flowers and teddy bears have risen up, online gifting portals are using discounts and offers as their ultimate marketing strategy, the mundane chocolates are available in four different customised packaging variants, and every other object around you is heart shaped – Oh Yeah! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!
I think a lady is of two kinds – I-think-Valentine’s day- is-overrated or this-is-the-day-I-waited-for-all-year-long kind of a die-hard romantic or perhaps there does exist a third kind of lady I am yet to meet. But no matter what you think of this day, you sure cannot miss the fanfare that encompasses this “occasion”.
I have never been the ‘yearning for flowers and diamonds’ kind of a woman and soft toys are the worst gift you can ever give me as a grown up, but I still think Valentine’s Day is special.
I have heard a lot of opinions like – each day is a day of love, Valentine’s Day is evil for single souls, Valentine’s Day only leads to a hole in the pocket for an evening of disappointment, it’s expensive and over rated. Well! I am going to try to make an argument on why you should get into the spirit of celebrating the “DAY OF LOVE” !
Reason 1 – Expressing love is awesome!
For the ones who say they don’t need a specifically allotted day to express love, I’d say this: when was the last time you took a holiday from work to spend a day with your loved one, or bought a little something without an occasion, or scribbled ‘I love you’ on coloured paper? Hence, if the world says this is a day you should express love, I’d say let’s do it instead of being cynical!
Reason 2 – Valentine’s Day dates are awesome
You may have been on a date with your partner quite a few times around the year. But Valentine’s date nights are never forgotten. Since the day we meet till today, when my husband and I are parents, I still remember how we celebrated each Valentine’s Day! I remember what both of us were wearing too. (Well! I may have registered too much into my head, but I am sure you remember at least a bit of it) The point I am trying to make here is why miss a chance of making beautiful memories?
Reason 3 – Being pampered is awesome
I have spent the oh-so-awesome courtship days with my partner, the lovey-dovey newly weds phase, the bumpy-grumpy we are pregnant days and then the we-are-exhausted parents phase as well. One thing I find absolutely adorable about my husband is how hard he tries to make me feel special on this day (and my birthday). The efforts he puts in, melt my heart regardless of what he gifts me. (He bought me a The Body Shop foundation last year because it was on my wish list, I was so touched although the shade was bizzare)
Reason 4 – Making someone else feel special is special
I remember trying really hard every year to present something special to my husband. I have planned days in advance, prepared hand made cards and chocolates, I have also not been in the mood to do anything special but felt the guilt last minute and thought of quick fixes. And I’d do it all over again every year because it feels awesome to make him feel special.
Reason 5 – Chocolates are divine
Valentine’s Day is one day I can indulge in chocolates without any guilt. My husband is aware of my chocoholic streak. In case your partner fails to buy chocolates you can buy some and share them.
And Reason 6 – LOVE IS A CELEBRATION
Yes, love is always awesome! I have often felt that love has become the most commonly misused, misinterpreted and absurd word of the era. But when you feel the adrenaline rush with someone’s mere presence you know it’s love. This love knows no relationships or boundaries.
The first Valentine’s Day that came after I was married, I felt this never felt before kind of emotion for my mom. I called her several times that day and wrote a letter to her with tears rolling down my cheeks. I had forgotten to express to her what she meant to me. Thank God for Valentine’s Day I finally managed to say I love you to her.
I am definitely going to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year too, how about you?
This post is a part of the blog train that my dear friend Anchal who blogs at The Mum Story and I have commenced. We have networked to bring together moms to share their take on Love and Relationships, in this month of Love
I now let the train pass from my station and reach yet another wonderful place on Anchal’s blog.
You could also read the blog train schedule here