Most years in the past my husband and I have made plans for Valentine's Day, and it's usually a few weeks out by the time we'd secured reservations. It's usually for PFChang's or some other kind of restaurant where we'll do the whole three course meal thing with appetizers, main course and dessert, but this year I haven't even looked to see what my schedule is going to be. Knowing my luck when I finally go to write it down I'll probably be doing the closing shift or some other shift that wouldn't be very conducive to getting a night out with my hubby.
What's odd about this is that even though I've decorated some of the house with the mandatory hearts and such, I really haven't been in much of a mood to do the Valentine thing. Heck, I bought My Little Pony valentines just because I had a friend who used to mail out cute little kid valentines to all of her friends and I always thought that was a unique way to celebrate the holiday even when you're over 20. But here they sit next to me and I have only opened the box. It's exactly a week a way and I haven't even looked at cards for my hubby or anything.
I'm actually kind of glad that the American version of Valentine's day isn't like the Japanese version (although I've heard that it's been changing in more recent years), because I would be horrible at sharing chocolates with guys on this day. It's odd that in Japan it's supposed to be that girls give guys chocolates they make, and then guys turn around on "White Day" which is March 14 and give girls gifts in return for those chocolates. Interesting way of looking at things, but I'd definitely have failed in more recent years to do something of the sort. Now, back in my teenage years...I betcha I would have done the chocolate thing and probably would have never gotten anything in return...mainly because I was friends with a whole bunch of guys I had crushes on - but if the idea was really anything like in the anime, those guys probably would have been loaded down with chocolates and I would have just been one among many.
Rather glad that I'm married and don't have to worry about the ups and downs of Valentine's day. Maybe it's a selfish way to think about it, but I'm rather happy that I'm no longer alone. Or maybe, rather, I just don't worry about it anymore. Just like any holiday recently I don't have the time to spend fretting over everything.
Hope you aren't fretting over it either. ^_^
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