Monday, February 14, 2011

Je t'aime



As we already know, I'm not one for Valentine's traditions. Not that I'm against sickeningly sweet little bunny Valentine graphics. (Because I'm not.) Rather, living a life in the woods, far removed from television and box stores and their constant warnings of the impending holiday, the day can come and go without so much as a good chocolate sale.

I'm not much of a romantic. (Just the other day, Andy said "You know, you hide your true cynical nature pretty well on the blog.) Despite being a closeted cynic, I often get called upon to write the romance guide for Valentine's Day. (What the heck?!) So here's this year's tips for defrosting romance. Enjoy the over-the-top, sheer ridiculousness!

As neither a Valentine's Day basher or lover, I see both the merits and demerits of the day. I do tend to forget to pick up baking chocolate the week before the holiday and now am left with absolutely no way to declare my love this evening with a wonderful Magnolia Bakery chocolate cake or brownies. But then true love probably doesn't need an over-the-top chocolate cake of sheer ridiculousness.

Because I think Valentine's Day is meant as a reminder. A day to slow down and acknowledge all the lovely people (don't forget all those great family members and friends!) who make your everyday life just that much nicer. And honestly you don't need grand gestures of diamonds and roses to trigger your memory.

After thinking about it for a short minute, I know Andy deserves kudos today for putting the extra blanket over me before he leaves for work on cold mornings.  The endless chauffeuring during the winter months. The laughter. The miracle of always wanting to spend more time with each other.  

How do I love thee? Oh, let me count the ways. . . .

(Enough to post this picture!)
Happy Valentine's Day!

P.S.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow when Emily from The Happy Home and I have a guest post swap. If you've been wondering about copywriting, tomorrow's the day to learn about the profession, right here at Of Woods and Words!

7 comments:

  1. I agree, the day is more of a reminder for adults. I like to make it fun for my boys and give them a little card and treat. Enjoy your day.

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  2. You are fantastic and I love your chocolate-wrapped cynicism!

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  3. I think it's a great idea to look at the holiday as more of a reminder. I used to work in retail, so I became disenchanted with the holiday rather quickly when I noticed the slew of men stopping by after work to pick up mass-produced items supposedly declaring their love.

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  4. Loved this post! Me and my husband don't make a big fuss on valentines, I might get him a little something just for fun (like candy or a card), but really everyday you should be acknowledging the love you have in your life!

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  5. Very nice way to look at this Vday! Hey this is Ida from ParentsReinvented.com. I started a post on BlogFrog, "Blog Love in Feb".

    Way to remember the little things! Those mean the most! Can't wait to read more!

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  6. I like to think of Valentine's day as a reminder, too. My husband needs that - a lot. He's just not the romantic type.

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