I thought the date 14.2.11 looked familiar when I started writing down to record the date on my breast milk storage bag this morning. I could not think of anything significant, and so shrugged it off, as the thought of it being familiar, immediately left my mind.
I only realised what the significance was when our nanny came in, and greeted us with a cheerful “Happy Valentine’s Day” as she walked in the door. That was when we both went” Oh yeah…it is Valentine’s Day is it?” This was immediately followed by an “Oh no!! We are going to be bombarded with lovey-dovey couples and red heart-shaped-balloons-and-pillows-on-the-streets-day!”
I think we forgot that it was V-Day as soon as we were reminded. I know I certainly did, but was reminded yet again when I went to my regular coffee-place only to be greeted by yet another meaningless greeting of Happy Valentine’s Day!!! with super cheery faces before I ordered and after I got my coffee. To make it sweeter for me, (or so they seemed to think!), I was presented with a small, but nicely presentable package of chocolate along with my purchase.
Man! They don’t ever let you forget how significant today was, do they!
I know this might sound strange to some, but we never are big on celebrating our own birthdays or anniversaries. Most often than not, we prefer them low-key – mostly a casual dinner and gifts are optional. Come to think of it, we actually did not give each other anything for the last round of both our birthdays. In fact, it is also not unheard of that we both had even forgotten our own wedding anniversary!
Actually, I don’t even think it is necessary to have a one-year old birthday party for when Spud turns one! [OK. Silver Bullet disagreed with me on this one and he had to straighten me up on this. I still don’t buy it, though! — That’s another thought for another post]
That being said, despite all the niceties about today, I don’t really give two craps about V-Day. No. Seriously. I don’t. (Although, I will, ever-willingly accept the chocolates)
I am a staunch advocate of showing our love not just today, but whenever and wherever we can, as sometimes, I don’t think we tell the people we love how much we love them often enough. And I know that I can be guilty of that sometimes, but that for me, is no excuse to revere yet another day marketed by Hallmark. (Sorry! Have baby now, need to save money)
I reckon it has been more than a decade since I boycotted against V-Day. I just don’t see the need to waste tons of money on the day where gifts are over-rated and dining venues are over-priced. To me, V-Day is just another ordinary day and one can make any other day as special as one wants to make it out to be.
I am, but a staunch advocate of against V-Day celebration and am darn proud of it!