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Valentine Bliss

February 15, 2013 - Liz Skoczylas
There are a lot of Valentine's Day haters out there.

Every time I checked Facebook or twitter yesterday, there were about 17 new posts of how Valentine's Day is a "Hallmark Holiday" and how you should show people love and respect and caring all year round. I saw gripes about the cost of flowers and other gifts. Honestly, I did a little griping myself, as I spent nearly $13 on a card and gift bag for N's Valentine's stuff. But, the online grumbling from some of my friends started to make me feel guilty for enjoying a silly holiday with my fiance.

Love, respect and caring SHOULD be shown all year round. I'm pretty sure I show that by doing his laundry when he doesn't ask, cooking his favorite meals, getting our Internet to work and buying him small surprises. He does that for me by leaving me "love notes," because he is usually at work by the time I wake up in the mornings, and there are times he is in bed before I even make it home from work. Last week, I came home to flowers for no reason. So, Valentine's Day was another opportunity for us to show each other how much we care.

Wednesday nights are my late night at The Post-Journal. Frequently, I'm not home until after midnight. So, when I got home shortly after 12:30 Thursday morning, I was surprised to see Valentine's flowers from our dog. There was a note saying, "Mom, Dad had to write this because I only have paws. Happy Valentines Day, I love you. Love, Rams."

When I came into work Thursday, flowers were sitting on my desk, delivered from N. Yesterday, when I got home from work, there were more gifts. Ramsay also got N chocolates, because he is our fuzzy puppy-child. Although, I'm starting to think that if he has all of this money to spend, he should start paying us rent. Or, at least buying his own food.

I also made us a chocolate Valentine's cake. And, I made dinner for us, complete with hand-mashed potatoes and chicken that I breaded myself. The cake looked like someone stomped on it, but it was actually pretty tasty. And, N surprised me with champagne to go with our dinner.

Valentine's Day isn't about the STUFF we got, though. It's that we both made an effort to get home at reasonable hours. It was an opportunity to get our china and crystal out, when we normally use our everyday Fiesta plates. It was a chance to let the dishes sit on the counter overnight, a chance for us to sit back and talk about non-wedding-related things and a chance for us to enjoy being together. And, for that, I won't feel guilty.


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