Yesterday was Valentine's Day, a made-up Hallmark holiday created to push citizens to spend their money needlessly.
Do I sound like a cynical asshole? Yes. Am I one hundred percent on the money? Also yes.
Valentine's Day is a day to let that special someone in your life (specifically a spouse or someone you are dating) know that you love them by lavishing them with gifts and a night out. And I did buy my wife a very nice necklace and we did go out for dinner.
However, I dislike Valentine's Day for what it represents. If you need a national holiday to remind you to let that special someone in your life know that you love them, then shame on you.
My wife and I have been together for 27 years. I tell her I love her every single day. She is the only one I want to see when I wake up. She is the only one I want next to me when I go to bed. She brings calm to my restless mind and I feel special when I make her smile. I don't need an excuse for buying her gifts. I buy her whatever she needs and a lot of what she wants all the time.
And don't get me started on blood diamonds and the shame that every woman should feel for wanting diamond jewelry.
Thankfully, my wife understands me and agrees with my ideas about that topic. She does like jewelry and on rare occasions, I buy her something nice (like yesterday).
My wife got hurt at work. She has been in incredible pain for weeks now. She is going to physical therapy and is out on disability. She feels terrible about this. She told me she feels useless and has felt guilty for me having to take over so much around the house; things that we either do together or that she just takes of on her own. Even bagging groceries when we go shopping, and helping to carry those bags in the house are now off limits for her.
Thus, I wanted her to feel special and I took advantage of Valentine's Day. Why am I telling you all of this? My point is to cherish your love one every day because they will not always be around. Be aware of how they feel and make sure they know that they are all you want out of life.
And I do love you Kathy, with all of my heart.
By the way, if you are curious about the real St. Valentine, checkout this web page. It isn't the entire history but it is a good starting point.
Just remember that all you need is love.