Then a few years ago, we had some friends over for dinner, a couple days after V-day of that year. As usual, we had skipped it. Well, we maybe had gone out to Outback 2 days before and "counted" that. They told us this story about how he had taken her to a gazebo that was special to them that night. He brought his guitar and sang her a song that he wrote for her. In the moonlight. He was grinning. She swooned. And I waited for the sick feeling to come to me...but it didn't. Instead I kept thinking how completely beautiful it was. And how silly I had been insisting that we skip it.
So we celebrate it now. And I look forward to it! Never thought I would say that. To make sure it is always meaningful for us we follow these simple rules:
1. Nothing corny. And nothing pink. - I will also confess that every time I walk by the Valentine's day cards in any store, the pink and red display send my stomach churning. I pretty much still hate it and probably always will. So for us, corny and pink would pretty much kill it.
2. Keep it simple. - We save the "maybe we should try this out" dates for random weekends. Because if it ended up being horrible, I just might go back to my old I hate V-day ways. And no one enjoys high expectations being kicked out from under them...so why set yourself up?
3. Don't be afraid to drop a hint. - As much as I love my husband, sometimes a hint has to be hooked, stringed up, and dropped right in front of his face. But I promise, he appreciates it.
4. Make it personal. - In the spirit of celebrating the holiday's purpose, we like to do something familiar and personal to us. Dinner and a movie may seem like a boring fall back to some, but it is our go-to date that we love, and how we started it all.
What do you like/not like to do for V-day??
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