Valentine’s Day

Here’s Fandango’s question….

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you consider it to be a special day, one where you express your deep love and appreciation for your significant other? Or is it just a commercialized “Hallmark Holiday” where you feel pressured to spend money on cards, flowers, candy, jewelry, and/or expensive dinners in order to stay on the good side of the one you love? Either way, what, if anything, are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year?

Personally, I think it’s a rip off in all directions monetarily, but it’s nice in its way.
Being the forever budget minded (aka tight-because-we’re-always-skint) couple that we are, we don’t do Valentine’s Day anymore. Hubby buys me flowers, roses or otherwise, because he thinks I’d like some, not for a specific reason, and having seen how the price of a single red rose once rocketed to £20 when you could buy a bunch of 10 for less than a fiver is downright scandalous IMO.

Not that we aren’t romantic, as for a couple of old farts and undertraining wrinklies, we have our moments, and I was going to cook a special dinner over the weekend. You might enjoy this. Recent events have put the kybosh on that, but cuddles are plentiful in our house, don’t need to be swallowed so cannot cause reflux, and are enough to warm our hearts.

Here is a little tale that hopefully will raise a smile.

We were in a supermarket where they were selling single roses in a small vase in individual cellophaned packaging for £10.  The lad in front of us bought one, and two bunches of 10 roses for a fiver each. I had visions of a jack the lad giving the posh one to his ‘official’ girlfriend and one each to twenty other lady friends. Ten out of ten for enterprise and cheek.
Then I thought about if from another angle. Maybe he worked in a care home and had bought roses for each of the female residents just to make their day. I liked that thought much better.
Photo: these were some Hubby bought for me when we were on the boat in 2015.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Valentine’s Day

  1. SarahC says:

    He is making a cake on heart day …new tradition 😂

  2. Sadje says:

    I like your second idea better. Let’s give him the benefit of good intentions

  3. I’m with you Valentines day is just an excuse for shops to rip people off for overly expensive flowers and chocolates. I’ve never had love. but if I did. I wouldn’t need a special day to show her what she meant to me. I’d be doing that at every opportunity.

  4. rugby843 says:

    I had a temp job delivering flowers in peak times such as Mother’s Day when roses were tripled in price for the week.

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  5. Sandi says:

    Roses were never a thing in my world. My mom got them from my stepdad on occasion. I remember CARNATIONS were huge during Valentine’s as my high school. The service club I was part of, they were able to buy white carnations in bulk and dye them various colors. Then our group would cut out die cuts of hearts of various colors to match the carnation. Students would buy various colored “candygrams” from us, and write a note inside and on the outside would be labeled to their girlfriend/boyfriend or friend or teacher. And that recipient would receive their grams in their 2nd period class. They would then during break, go and collect their matching colored flower. The colors means something – yellow was friendship. Red was love. Green was desire. I can’t recall what white was for teacher? Purple was admiration. Anyway. funny I just remembered that.

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  6. amoralegria says:

    I read your poem and LOVED IT! So perfect! I was unable to add a comment, probably because the post is 5 years old, but I would have reblogged it if I could!

  7. willowdot21 says:

    I like your second thought on the roses that the scenario I would prefer 💜💜💜

  8. murisopsis says:

    The first year we were married Sparky bought me a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day. I was so mad at him! He paid a lot of money which we really couldn’t spare. I made it very clear that I loved the thought but not the expense. He now skips the flowers (38 years x $30 = $1,140) instead we find other things to do and save the money for more permanent expenditures!

  9. Carol anne says:

    I’m glad hubby does nice things for you Di like bringing you flowers just because! Thats very romantic!

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