Oh yeah, the dreaded - and sometimes feared - Valentine's Day is approaching.
Not exactly a big holiday for me. Never has been. In fact, I cannot remember a single one, which is a bit weird. I am sure the ex-hub and I must have done something romantic the nine years we were together. Well sure, there was that time we...uh...yeah...um...hm... See what I mean? Weird.
The whole idea that you have to behave romantic one specific day out of the year is weird, when you think about it. And the pressure to get it right is awful. Or at least I imagine it must be awful for people who actually participate in this Hallmark holiday.
What is the correct romantic gift these days, anyway? It used to be red roses. Then chocolate. Or maybe it was red roses AND chocolate. But what kind of chocolate? Does it have to come in a heart-shaped box? What about underwear? Victoria's Secret has a $10,000 diamond encrusted bra. Is that sort of thing a requirement now? (It sounds like it would be very uncomfortable.)
I cannot imagine anything more unromantic than being forced to be romantic on a specific day because society says so. Throw caution to the wind and be romantic any damn day you feel like it! And if you are unattached on society's forced Day of Romance, do not barricade yourself in your home, afraid to venture forth into a world filled with couples who will look upon you with pity for your singleness. No! Show your single face proudly!
Or, if you are not quite ready for that and do not have a friend of the opposite sex to wear as a beard, take a same sex friend out to dinner. People will assume you are just another gay couple out on the town. It will not occur to anyone you are not a couple. Not on Valentine's Day. Everybody wins. (Unless you are homophobic, in which case you should probably just kill yourself now before you have a chance to procreate.)
So tell me, how do you feel about Valentine's Day?
Happy Love Thursday, everyone.
Though I do not think this post is quite what the Love Thursday people are all about, and I have therefore not included a link to this post in the Love Thursday comments, this is what my Love Thursday looks like. Love yourself and to hell with the rest of the world if they do not love you back. (Unless you are homophobic, in which case please see above.)