Wednesday, February 13, 2008

No V.D. This Year

I'm awaiting my plane. Heading off on the first leg of my trip. NYC to LA, LA to Aukland NZ, Aukland NZ to Brisbane AU. I'm thoroughly confused as to how much time I will actually be in the air...and if you know...don't comment here...I think it is better I be kept in the dark.

Last night as I was reviewing my itinerary with Hubby, I was interested to see that I take off on Feb 13th and land on Feb 15th...crossing the dateline.
Hubby smartly commented, "You've always hated Valentine's Day and now you've actually found a way to erase it from your calendar." My reply? Laughing, "Honey - you just gave me my blog topic."

For those of you who like this holiday and get into the dancing bears, flowers, lingerie, chocolates etc. Enjoy. I happily leave you this day.

For those of you, like me, that have bad memories of Valentine's Days in the past and/or just don't cater to the Hallmark holidays, take a tip from me. Travel acoss the dateline and miss it completely!

When I was a little girl, I remember that everyone gave and everyone received Valentines. We used to have tissue box mailboxes on our desks or maybe a manila envelope stapled at the sides to make a pocket and taped to our chairs. Rarely a "special" valentine was given or received to denote that you had a greater standing than those who just got the dime a dozen paper cartoon valentines.

As I grew older, the valentines grew fewer and far between, and most February's found me wishing that I was of the popular and sought after girls who were singled out in homeroom by a "special delivery" carnation for those high school fundraisers (also known as heartbreakers). A few girls walked around with white (friendship), pink (caring), and red (true love) in bunches. A few more had just one - but it was very precious to them. Too many others had none.

I remember a particularly sad day when I actually asked a male friend of mine if I gave him the $2 would he buy/send me a flower anonymously? He wisely declined. Even a high schooler should know when to accept her fate.

In college - one week before Valentine's Day 1986 - I met my mate. And on Valentine's Day he gave me flowers and a hand-drawn card with Opus as a cupid. I still have that card. And that is the one and only Valentine's Day that has a sentimental meaning to me.

Although we have been happily together since that day, I don't need February 14 to celebrate it. He tells me he loves me every day. Truly. And I tell him.

So begone carnations, roses, and lillies; take away those chocolates and cards; no dinner reservations or pumped up prices for romantic getaways for us. This year I've beat you. I'll be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean - and Valentine's Day will not happen this year.



Mrs. G. said...

Wenderina, I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip. I can't wait to read about it. And I support your decision to skip VD.

Stephanie said...

I'm a little bah humbug on V-Day, too. We do a lot of romantic things during the year and I sort of think that V-Day is just a way to get us all to spend a lot of money on stuff we don't really need.

That said, My Hubby and I always do a special dinner for the kiddos every year. No cards, no candy. But he's the chef and I'm the waitress and we wait on them hand and foot in our fancied-up dining room. I think that's more fun than a thousand carnations...

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Jude said...

All right Sis! my feelings exactly about the day. The only time I got anything for V-Day was from my now remember..the huge heart shaped box of chocolates that you so lovingly helped me eat when you were, what???nine??
Sorry I forgot you were leaving this me if you get a signal....ANYTIME! Be Safe! LOVE YOU!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm also not too big on the "romance by calendar" thing.

Have fun--it sounds so exciting. Can't wait to hear it all!

KiKi said...

Last night I stood in line behind four guys (FOUR!) at the Stop and Shop - each man had a similar floral arrangement, teddy bear (different colors), box of chocolate, and card. And still when I woke up I forgot it was VD, until I read your blog. Shows how much I think of the holiday.

Ian Lidster said...

Bon voyage, lovely lady, I envy you. Oh, and Happy non-Valentine's Day. Finally, does anybody have really happy Valentines Day memories?

A's Mom said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip... enjoy the weather. It's better than what's here on the East coast!