Care or Con?

The Demystifying Divas and the Men’s Club are writing about this week’s topic a couple of days early. The question for this week is this – is Valentine’s Day really about romance, or is it just another way for ‘The Man’ to reach his hand a little deeper into your wallet?

In these our United States, every holiday seems to be cause for spending a few more of our hard-earned dollars. Chocolates, flowers, fancy dinners at expensive restaurants, perfume, lingerie – all gifts that are often given only once a year. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be that way. It just seems a bit cheap to me if Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year that you pamper your sweetie.

I’ve never gotten into Valentine’s Day much, for that reason. But my wife and I have developed an annual tradition – rather than buying a dozen roses for her that will only wilt and die within a week, we now order one or two rose bushes to be delivered when the planting season is prime. In effect, the flowers I give her each year will be enjoyed year after year after year because they will be growing in our own little rose garden.

My wife doesn’t like chocolate; she doesn’t like perfume; she doesn’t wear much jewelry (though she has mentioned a time or two that she would love a new pair of diamond stud earrings – I’m still working on that one). She is, in fact, a very practical woman, which makes things easier for me. I’m glad that she gets so thrilled about ordering our annual rose bushes. We both have a bit of a green thumb, and it’s going to be fun to watch our rose garden grow and develop in the coming years.

Valentine’s Day gives me an excuse to pamper my wife a bit more than usual, but for us every day is Valentine’s Day.

Catch “Silk”:http://justbreathe.blogs.com/just_breathe/2006/02/in_love_with_th.html, “Theresa”:http://www.thismomblogs.com/2006/02/14/be-my-valentine/, “Phoenix”:http://villainsvanquished.blogspot.com/2006/02/would-you-be-mine-or-would-you-rather.html, “Ally”:http://whomovedmytruth.com/?p=559, “James”:http://jamesyboy.blog-city.com/the_mens_club_valentines_experience.htm, “Darren”:http://rightontheleftcoast.blogspot.com/, and “WitNit”:http://witnit.blogspot.com/2006/02/valentines-day-1997.html for more.

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