“Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Are you ready?!?!?”
I really wish the person on the other end of the g-chat could see my face. The closest resemblance was something like this: o_O. Ready? Does Valentine’s Day warrant “readiness”, or at the very least the excessive use of punctuation marks? I’m going to go ahead and say no. The extensive amount of waxing, tweezing, plucking and polishing that might be deemed “preparation” is already incorporated into my regular routine. *cue music* I enjoy being a girl. But otherwise, is there anything else to be ready for?
Those that know me know I’m not big on Valentine’s Day. If I’m dating you, please regard this statement. Why? I’d never pass up an opportunity to inflict unneeded anxiety on my love interest du jour. (Ain’t I a stinker?) But yeah, I’m not a fan. Why? It’s just not me. It’s not because I’m bitter. Or angry. Or single.
Or because my heart is two sizes too small. It’s just not my thing. I prefer tulips to roses, milkshakes to assorted chocolates, and a sci-fi flick to a rom-com. I don’t really need (or want) the pressure that goes with the day. I’d rather not go out with a sweaty-palmed, blazer-clad gentleman who’s enduring my conversation in the hopes that this dinner and those drinks will win him a night in my boudoir. It won’t. Nice try, though.
If being a valentine means expressing your appreciation and or gratitude toward your love interest, I dig it. But I think demonstrating that appreciation needn’t be rolled up into a day of expensive dinners and gifts. Pause. Rewind. On second thought, lets keep the gifts. I’m all about that. But can we spread that gratitude out throughout the other 364 days? Like…leave the toilet seat down after you use the bathroom. Sit and watch a game with me. Indulge my histrionics. Coo at the 574th picture I’ve showed you of my dog…and be convincing. Bring me takeout when you know I’ve had a long day and don’t feel like cooking. BE with me, you know? Just link lives with me for a while and let’s enjoy one another. I’d rather we do that for the year and take a day off on Valentine’s Day than to do what the other 87% of the world is doing. (The other 13% accounts for those in the second and third world and singles).
So, to answer the question put before me, no. I’m not ready for Valentine’s Day. Never was and probably never will be. If Cupid wants to try me well, just know Cupid, I shoot back. And it isn’t with a bow and arrow. Keep your assault to yourself.
Happy Valentine’s Day!