Thursday 13 February 2014

'Twas the night before Valentine's

'Twas the night before Valentine's
And in many a house
There were two anxious people
With no gift for their spouse

Sounds familiar? To be frank, at Average Towers we're long past the will we/won't we phase of celebrating Valentine's Day.

We've passed through the time-honoured phases of Valentine's Day celebrations that I'm certain most couples who've been together for more than a decade go through:

Pre-marriage: Slaves to commercialism. Lavish gifts all round.

Marriage, pre-kids: Still conforming to commercialism.  Overpriced meal out in restaurant. Possible theatre trip.

Early years with children: M&S 'posh' meal deal and a couple of dismal years of misunderstanding as to whether we are exchanging cards or not.

Now: Finally on the same page.  I'm 100% certain that I'm not getting anything. Neither is he.

I can almost sense people wringing their hands and shaking their heads as they read this.  Surely, I hear you cry, you will be giving one another the gift of some quality time together?

Actually no.  In fairness, I have taken the day off work.  Only because it is half-term and hubby is working a 12-hour shift.

Here's the thing. It's not that we're completely unromantic (honest). It's just that we don't choose to be romantic because it's expected. Call it a small act of rebellion in my average little life.

To my mind, it's far nicer to be gifted a bunch of flowers by my other half when he knows I've had a really tough day.

And, as we're having a frugal February, it makes sense to save our pennies for a little getaway that we're planning in Spring.

Of course, I don't deny for one minute that receiving flowers, jewellery or chocolates tomorrow will give ladies throughout the land a wonderful and well-deserved boost.  It's just that my own valentine and I have an understanding. It doesn't mean we don't care about one another.  Somewhere, in among all the petty day-to-day grumbles that pepper family life, I'm pretty sure we still do.

What's more, I've a funny feeling that tomorrow's going to be the day when he finally caves and agrees to paint the kitchen walls in my shade of choice.

Who said romance is dead?

Enjoyed this article? Why not like Average and Proud on facebook or follow me on Twitter?

1 comment:

  1. Haha...yep...last time I received flowers on Valentines was 23 years ago and not expecting to receive anymore in the near or distant