Are you prepared?
Valentine's Day! Yep, that is tomorrow, in case you have forgotten.
Some of us will get or give cards that bring a tear to the eye, or so sappy you get a cavity, or make you laugh so hard you save it forever. I love cards. I can spend hours (that is not a typo) reading cards and laughing to myself, or out loud, in any store carrying them. I make an effort to avoid the card aisle anytime I have to go into a grocery store or pharmacy because I simply do not have time. However, when I see others standing by themselves laughing, I can't help but smile and be thankful that I am not the only one who does that.
Another popular choice is chocolate. Personally, I have no problem with chocolate being given on every day of the year, but that is probably asking too much. My father always purchased my mother a box of butter creams from Fanny May. They were so good. Not that I snuck one when she wasn't looking or anything. Dad always got his daughters a small, red, heart-shaped box too, but we knew Mom was getting the good stuff.
As for flowers, these were not given to my mother. My mother always thought they were a waste of money because they would die too soon. I never had that opinion. I will take a lovely bouquet any day.
My husband and I have never had a big celebration on Valentine's Day. Perhaps we did when we were first wed, but that was three kids ago and I can't remember any longer. He does bring me chocolate and flowers and he followed in my father's footsteps and always bought a special Valentine for his children. I go to a local candy story and buy a pound or two of fresh roasted nuts along with his favorite candies, which he will hide from the children and enjoy when watching television after they are in bed.
My husband and I have not been out to dinner in a nice restaurant in ages. Maybe I should suggest we dress up and dine out, though it may be too late for reservations on this special night.
It really doesn't matter what we do, if we do anything. The day will be as special as any other because we will be together, and isn't that really what matters?
How do you plan on spending and/or celebrating Valentine's Day? What is the one thing you look forward to every year, or are the traditions you carry on?