I have never really been a fan of Valentine’s Day. I think it is like most if not all other holidays (this will be a subject of a future post) in that it has lost its true meaning and has been way over commercialized. You are supposed to love, honor, respect, and so much more to/for the person that you love all year and not just on some Hallmark made holiday.
Although when I was younger I was a fan of this holiday as all I wanted was to get a special Valentine from a nice school girl classmate. That never happened. You see back in elementary school it was a rule of the class/school that if you brought Valentines cards and candy, you had to bring one for all of the kids. Yet in all my years in elementary school I went home with half of what I always took to school (read I did not receive stuff from half of the class, ie the girls). Such is life I guess.
As I got older I started to see this day for what it truly is, and that is a day designed for the ladies to feel special. Not that there is nothing wrong with that, but if there is a day for ladies to feel special why is there not a day for the guys to feel special as well? Oh I know us men folk are supposed to feel special giving women over priced flowers that will be dead before February is even over with and chocolates that on any other day of the year she would accuse of us men of trying to make her fat.
You see I have never really had much luck with this time of year. Back when I was a married fool, I took my ex out for a nice Valentines meal (it was the first post birth of kids Valentine’s Day) and gave her some overpriced jewelry. I left the next day for a 2 month trip to South America for work. A week after I left I found out my ex was cheating on me. A woman I dated after my marriage ended also cheated on me around Valentine’s Day (a friend of mine took a picture of her with some man feeling her up in bar). A woman I dated in college ditched me for her ex boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. Another woman I dated post marriage walked out on me (in the middle of the night with me asleep) a week before Valentine’s Day while I was on my death bed because of the flu. So needless to say I am a little bitter about this “holiday” and this time of year.
I guess what I am saying is that you should treat someone nice year round and not just on some holiday. If you are a bitch to a man year round, you really should not expect a shit ton of overpriced gifts on Valentine’s Day.
So if you are lucky enough to have someone in your life, treat them right. And treat them right not just on this day, but all days of the year.
As for me, I have decided that I am going to be single for life so I am not participating in this holiday. I figure I am going to save thousands of dollars over the course of the rest of my life on Valentine’s Day shit that I won’t have to buy for some woman who most likely isn’t nice year round anyways.
So while all of you (well all of you non single people) are out waiting in line for a table at an overpriced place to eat tonight, I will be at home thinking of all of you while I am eating my favorite “Hungry Man” tv dinner sitting on the couch in my boxers watching “Patton” for the 176th time.
To all of you single people, I am just as ________ (insert your choice of words) as you are.
Happy Valentine’s Day.