Friday, February 12, 2010

In Lieu of....

In lieu of "Random Friday," I am going to talk about "UN-Valentine's Day."  Valentine's Day is a Hallmark Holiday that has grown to ridiculous proportions.  I think we try to out do ourselves every year.

When I was in junior high and high school, I dreaded Valentine's Day.  And what I dreaded more were the Valentine's grams.  I watched as "everybody" but me got piles of the grams.  I know now, that it was probably more along the lines of a few people got a lot while the rest of us sat empty handed.  I wish I would have thought to send one to myself.

Years later, I matured(somewhat) and I met my future husband.  Our first Valentine's together was spent in Texas; meeting his family.  No worries, we would just celebrate after we got back home.  Besides, there was always next year right? A year later, we had been married 5 months and were going through our very first transfer.  We moved on Feb. 14...aka...Valentine's Day.  But it was okay, because we celebrated on an earlier date.  Besides, there was always next year right?

The next year came, and found me having a laparoscopy.  So yeah, Valentine's was pretty much a wash yet again.  The next two years I was a Barbershop widow as my husband and his quartet went around from place to place delivering singing Valentine's grams complete with flowers and candy.  Why I never got one, I don't know.  I digress.  After 4 straight years of failed Valentine's Day's we decided it was more of joke anymore.  Oh we still did stuff for each other.  But it just has never been a very big deal for us.

This year, I had the grand idea of having UN-Valentine's Day.  Instead of scrambling in the last couple of days, we will buy the candy when it is on sale for a quarter, and celebrate it on some odd day such as Feb. 22nd.  Just something totally random and out there.  And make our evening out something totally unromantic--but together none the less.  I think I got a little carried away in my giddiness when I suggested we go to the grocery store for our date.  I got a pity chuckle and an eye roll.  What?  I thought it was funny.

What are you doing for the Hallmark Holiday?  Are you going all out?  Being simple?  Or are you going to make a mockery of it? 

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Picture of the Day
 
This is the remainder of a tree that our neighbors had cut down.  Ryan is pointing at the tree trunk's "brain."

12 comments:

elzimmy said...

We're having a family day that day, so I'm thinking it won't be Romance Central around here. Not that it ever is, lol. Valentine's Day is dumb.

As Told By Molly said...

Well, since the 14th is on a Sunday I'm thinking we'll be at the folk's house having family dinner. Maybe we'll have a group Valentine's Day(?). But I totally dig your idea of a random day of Valentines. Not because you're obligated, but because you want to. That's what love is all about.
(And thanks for the link-back.) ;)

Tracie said...

It will be a typical Sunday for me. Church, grocery store, kids screaming, hubby sleep watching sports. Verrrry romantic.

Carolynn said...

Wasn't there some kind of a massacre by some gangsters, way back when? They called it the Valentine's Day Massacre.

Way better to celebrate love on an Un-Valentine day.

Janiece said...

nope...I wish we did something....but we don't even after 27 years.

Though...some years I do get a card.

My mom always gave me a valentine letter...I sure miss her

Laura said...

I think it's a totally wonderful idea! We aren't much for Valentine's Day either...way ridiculous. I am SO buying that 25 cent candy though!! :)

KK said...

What is this valentine's day you speak of? I haven't even had a date in 4 years. I pretend it doesn't exist!

mormonhermitmom said...

I wish it wasn't a big deal, but my hubby thinks I'll have my feeling hurt if he doesn't do something special. Apparently it was a big deal to his mom. Meh. We had dinner out last night. That's good enough for me!

J. L. W. said...

That is such a great idea! We didn't do anything today since my hubby and I both agree that it really doesn't mean anything if you are buying stuff or doing stuff just because it's V-day (and restaurants are really crowded) so we make a big deal out of our anniversary instead and try to do little things for each other throughout the year.

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

Great idea! Brett brought me a box of caramel truffles -- the man knows I love caramel! We're going out on a date night on this Friday.

Holly said...

We really do not celebrate. I did a couple of little thing for the kids. It was hubby's b'day so it all get strolled in one. Lots of bad things have happened on V-Day in my family (nothing related to the actual Hallmark Holidayitself...just crappy stuff). So, I try to ignore it...much like I do with easter.

Emmy said...

I love your idea! How fun would that be.

And for some reason I have missed these last three posts until now! Silly blogger.

Love that picture of Ryan