WHY YOU NEED TO Celebrate Valentines Day

‘What do you think you’re doing for Valentine’s?’ My mate asked.
I felt my eyes involuntarily roll. Why would me and my husband – of ten years – celebrate this sort of silly Hallmark holiday almost?
In the days since, I’ve realized that is why we should. Bear with me.
I’ve recently gone back to work after maternity leave, at night time and again at the crack of dawn our one-year-old still wakes, and Husband is juggling regular work and an EMBA at a higher business school. We haven’t finished a movie together (on Netflix – god knows when we’ll reach the theatre again) in over each year. Our notion of intimacy gets the laundry done at the weekend so we aren’t knocking into one another while tripping through piles of clothes through the workweek. It’s waking up with the toddler to view Sesame Street at 4am and letting another one sleep. Just the idea of a dinner out – or, god forbid, of experiencing sex – makes us both physically exhausted.
Not that people had expected everything to remain exactly like pre-kids Needless to say we knew we’d be literally in charge of feeding another human and may no more gorge solely on cereal three nights in a row while watching telly without speaking. But I don’t believe either folks expected what lengths we’d go down using one another’s to accomplish lists – literally and figuratively.
The idea of going for a night ‘off’ and having an enchanting evening together – or even a few drinks at our local pub – when we could be catching those extra hours of sleep seems certifiable. The rare night out, rather than being reserved for each other, is a unicorn; a hall pass we use only for catching up with our closest, kid-less friends, who we’d never see otherwise.
When it comes down to going out to dinner or getting into bed an hour earlier, the choice is a no-brainer. Sleep is just about the most precious gift of love
Enter Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark holiday with arguable the largest potential for bullshit. Yes you will see your usual dose of Instagram cheese and loved-up pictures of couples on Facebook you know for a fact don’t even like each other. But what about moving Valentine’s from the corny grand gestures and the social media marketing show and seeing it as a chance to KEEP THAT DINNER RESERVATION with the individual you like because bygod you merely live once?!

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