At this time of year, I enter a Walmart store and what do I see? I spy stuffed animals of all kinds, some pink, some black, some are monkeys, some are frogs, and some have hearts on them. I also see the greeting cards, pink blankets, and heart-shaped pillows. The products are endless. The gift ideas are endless, too.
I must admit that for many years, I expected the greeting card and chocolate candy from my sweetheart. Now, it could be just any other day. Hey, I'm just being honest. There have already been several other holidays in which I have been disappointed so I am not going to set myself up for it anymore. Valentine's Day, just like all other holidays, has been too commercialized.
Why is there so much hype about this holiday and others? The almighty dollar is reigning here. Companies are banking on people needing gift ideas and they have plenty of them--that is, plenty of ideas to separate you from your hard-earned money. That's why I propose that we go back to the basics. I mean really, can't we just make gifts for each other?!
As a housewife, I can cook a delicious meal of my hubby's choosing. My girls can make me a greeting card, like they did for my birthday. The boys can just remember to do their chores. That's enough for me. My husband can eat his meal with great zest. That's enough for me.
I can get a little me-time by allowing me to sit in a hot bath set by my hubby. That's enough for me; oh, but I need my Barry Manilow to play on the radio. Ah, that's right. Oh, I almost forgot the scented candles. I'm not asking for much, am I?
I hope that my hubby and my kids read this. Anyone reading this, please let my family know what I want. Okay? I don't want to have to tell them exactly what I want. That wouldn't be right, would it? Haha.
How about you, my faithful readers? How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate it at all? What special traditions do you have for this special day? Or is it a regular day for you, like I pretend?
Thanks for reading this light-hearted poke at America's love-hate relationship with the LOVE holiday. Happy Valentine's Day to you all.
May you all have loving peace today, my beloveds.