It all starts when you’re a kid. You bring a shoebox to school and make a Valentine Mail Box. Your shoebox gets wrapped up in fancy paper and decorated the way you like. Then you make a slit in the very top so valentines can be “mailed” to you. Your mom buys you a package of 30 valentines and you spend hours at the kitchen table addressing them to the kids in your class. Even kids you don’t like will get a valentine from you (and you from them).
On the big day I could not wait to run home and open my valentines. Hoping that John or Roy or some boy wrote me a special note inside their valentine to me. Never happened. Not even once.
Why have I not learned from this? Each year I revert back to that little girl surrounded by torn open valentines, and heartbroken. I know it will happen again this year – just like last year and the 45 years before that. Tonight is Feb. 13th and I am feeling sad in advance. I know that is ridiculous, but it’s who I am.
Deep down in my soul, where reality is overruled by feeling, there is a glimmer of hope. No amount of pessimism, intelligence or giving myself a good talking to, can sway it. The “just maybe” part of me keeps longing for a passionate, romantic outpouring of adoration from the man I love. On Valentine’s Day.
I get the fact that Valentine’s Day means nothing to 99% of the male population. So?? It does mean something extremely important to your woman. Some effort on your part for one freaking day of the year, is all we’re asking. Don’t give us that crap about “I didn’t know what to get you”. Have you ever seen a movie that had a leading man and woman in it? Do you watch television?
Valentine’s Day is not like President’s Day. It is on the same damn day every year. February 14th. Shame on you for pretending you did not know when Valentine’s Day was. You know who you are.
Here’s some free advice: On the list of things we would like to get from our men on Valentine’s Day, “Nothing” is not one of them.