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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentines Day

I don't quite understand Valentine's Day.

I have to make a lunch for some one else's toddler and some other poor parent has to make a lunch for mine. Timothy had to sign almost two dozen pre-printed valentines that he picked out because it had Looney Tunes characters on them. I don't think Timothy has ever ready any of the valentines he's received. He only cares about the candy that many of them come with. Neither boy has any clue why we're doing this or really seems to care.

This year Michael and I decided it was absurd to find a babysitter to go out to dinner on the same night that hordes of other adults are doing the same for poor service by overwhelmed wait staff when we could be packing to go out of town the next day. We're going to get his parents to watch the kids and pick a random night next week to go and pretend to be adults.

Valentine's Day just seems like another crass opportunity to commercialize something really special. Love is about appreciating your partner. Not an occasion to buy overpriced roses and go out to dinner.

Maybe I'm too old to be a romantic. I don't think I ever was a romantic. All I want for Valentine's Day is the opportunity to take a bath in peace and to go to bed early and not get awakened until I want to the next morning. Hmm. I think I'm a sleep deprived mom.

4 comments:

Jill said...

And real romance would be M taking the kids and giving you the opportunity to take a bath in peace and to go to bed early and not get awakened until I want to the next morning.
VD turned into a fun craft project for the kids this year. Steve asked me "What do you want for Valentine's day?" To which I responded, "Oh, yeah, Valentine's Day is supposed to be about us people in love, isn't it? Hmmm, whatever..."
We're going to try to get out to dinner on some other weeknight, as well.

Lisa C said...

LoL we're going out later as well. Didn't seem worth fighting the crowds just so I didn't have to cook one night. Well, the not cooking sounds nice, but instead I'm going to treat myself out to lunch tomorrow and then John and I will go out somewhere maybe on Sat.

So, maybe as we get older we get more practical about it, but Valentine's day was never a big day in my book. Just an excuse to do something different I suppose.

Susan Z said...

We kept it simple as well. I mostly did things for the kids to experience it. SO we had some cookies that were on sale (and some donuts) and we bought some inexpensive chocolates because we have a Curious George book about going to a chocolate factory. I told Jim that if I had been buying chocolates for him I would have bought better quality stuff. The kids also made cards for our baby-sitter and that was it. Of course we ended up eating the entire box of chocolates in one sitting (16 pieces) and then Doug promptly threw-up from stuffing his face with chocolates. So I guess my Valentine's Day was complete.

Ann in NJ said...

Boy, what a bunch of cynics! Actually, I kind of agree with you, although I do think it's a good excuse to make an effort to be romantic. Sometimes with our busy lives we need a nudge! John was out of town Thursday, so I took the kids to dinner. And I do treasure the handmade valentines for me, but I've kind of given up on homemade ones for the kids to give out - only if they want to make them, because the kids don't care. Candy is king.