Ahhhh.. the day of Amour…….
- A day filled with love and smiles and happiness and romance….. aaaaaahhhhhhhhh…
- A day filled with cheesy candy hearts, boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers.
- A day filled with pressure, over-priced dinners and impossible to please women.
Or even better yet, as hubby likes to call it … “One Of The Most Dreaded Days Of The Year!”
As you all know, since hubby is an awfulizer, it’s not sufficient for him to say that he’s not a fan of Valentine’s Day or that he wishes it wasn’t so commercialized.
He’d rather say “I hate Valentine’s Day” and complain that “it’s a concocted holiday to create too much pressure and make men all over suffer”.
And mind you, I’m not one of those gushy women who have high expectations of dozens of roses, boxes of jewels and extravagant gifts. Nope. All I want for Valentine’s Day is an excuse to have a date night with hubby. You may remember that I had the same request last Valentine’s Day!
Now, we actually go out to dinner a lot, but most of these excursions are a run to a local chain restaurant or hubby’s favorite spot, Chipotle. And, we’re usually wearing our post-work grungy clothes. My simple Valentine’s request is that we put on nice clothes and go to a place where they’re not wearing pins on their aprons or asking me “Do you want to super size that?”. I’m a reasonable gal, and that’s why I didn’t even mention anything about hubby cooking me dinner because I know, that even on Valentine’s Day, that’s just a pipe dream.
So we start talking about where to have dinner about a week or so ago and we can’t think of any local restaurants that get us excited about going out to eat. I think part of the problem is that so many places set those dang pre-fixe menus where you’re forced to choose from like 5 entrees for something like $50. (A meal that probably cost $25 last weekend!). So, we talk ourselves in circles and eventually agree on a spot. All the while, hubby is grumbling about “every place marks up on Valentine’s Day” “I hate having to go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day”.
So of course I say to hubby…. “you know, you could make every-day Valentine’s Day…. a little romance in our lives wouldn’t kill you…..”. His response – grumble…. grumble…grumble…
So, I guess my key learning today is that romance can mean different things to different people. And, we each express our love for each other in different ways…….
For me it could be dinner out at a nice restaurant (or, of course, him throwing away his empty soda cans -but I won’t go there today….). I think, for hubby, romance entails making a Chipotle run as I lounge around in my pjs. I guess at my house, romance comes by way of a nice warm chicken burrito (and, if he’s feeling extra frisky….. sometimes even some extra sour cream…… NOW THAT’S LOVE!)
LOVE YOU BABE! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!