Why I Stopped Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Don’t judge me, okay? This will likely sound odd coming from the founder of a club dedicated to awesome marriages and happy wives. But Keith and I don’t celebrate the one date each year couples generally go all out to show one another how much they care.
Our first…and last Valentine’s Day we celebrated together was February 14, 2004. We flew to San Francisco, the place where Keith got on one knee and proposed at Fort Point overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Keith meticulously planned this special Valentine’s Day which culminated in a delightful six-course meal at Fleur De Lys.
The restaurant was redecorated with red velvet drapes throughout to celebrate the hundreds of couples enjoying the romantic evening. The menu was specially designed and had printed all over the white translucent cover in red script, “Love is Patient. Love is Kind. Love Never Fails.” The most beautiful menu design I’ve ever seen. I still have it to this day. At the end of the night, I was given an elegant green box with a green and black bow wrapped around it. It looked like a ring box but once opened revealed delectable French chocolates.
I don’t recall enjoying a more wonderful meal at a restaurant in all my life. That was, until the bill came.
Keith tried to hide it from me but I’m far too good at reading things upside down. WHOA! I won’t tell you the damage but let’s just say that was one pricey meal.
Leaving the restaurant with my flowers, chocolates and a full tummy it finally hit me. This must have cost Keith a fortune! So on that beautiful San Francisco night in 2004, I expressed to Keith my sincerest appreciation for an amazing night. I’d waited my entire life for a special Valentine’s Day (I was the somewhat unattractive kid in school who didn’t get any candy grams from boys or asked out on dates) and once it happened, I quickly decided it was far too expensive. And crowded. And overrated.
I asked Keith that night if we could celebrate Valentine’s Day every day…except on February 14th. He agreed and we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day every day since. Well, every day except “the day.”
QUESTION: Do you and your husband celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, what’s on your agenda for this year (don’t let my decision not to celebrate the holiday impacts yours – it’s still a very cool day dedicated to love)?
Until tomorrow…make it a great day!
Why I love my husband (the never-ending list):
143. Tomorrow, I will be flying home. Tonight, Keith is flying out. We will be on two separate sides of the country on Valentine’s Day and yet I will never feel as though I’m not overwhelmingly loved.
144. When either of us our traveling, he’ll begin each day with a text message that simply says, “Good morning beautiful. I love you!”
145. He wants to look good for me so as the years progress he fights mother nature and father time to look amazing and to have enough energy to hang with his bride that’s five years younger.
146. He works incredibly hard so I don’t have to work quite as hard (even though I still do because don’t know anything else).
147. Before I left, he took the 5 Minute Challenge and gave me a letter with everything he would say if he only had 5 minutes left on earth. Priceless.
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