I love Valentine’s Day. Not that you need a specific day to show your love for someone but because I love having an excuse to celebrate something. I am the same with Halloween, Christmas, Easter, any occasion where I celebrate a relationship or share an experience with people I love. Valentine’s is always that one occasion which receives a hell of a lot of backlash and I think we need to give it a break – yes even you Singletons!
However, I also grew up in Norfolk and we have a tradition which I thought was a UK thing until I move away from home and everyone looked at me like I was chatting shit. When I was a child, every 14th February Jack Valentine would knock on the door of every child, leave a gift and run away.
He was as elusive and as exciting as Father Christmas and even when I found out it was my parents I still never understood how they pulled it off. Turns out my Dad just used to knock on the inside of the door – genius! It would never be a huge gift, just something simple like a box of Maltesers but the excitement made it feel like it was a gold-encrusted rocking horse.
From then on, I’ve had pretty high expectations for Valentine’s Day. Even when I was single ‘Jack Valentine’ would visit me and my friends and leave us a little gift.
I think this is why Valentine’s will always hold some excitement for me. I get that people go on about it being about money and a way for rich people to get richer blah blah blah. But what is so wrong with having a dedicated day just to go above and beyond for someone you love? It’s not even about spending money. Cook me dinner, run me a bath and leave a box of chocolates by the front door and I’m happy.
Life can be so mundane. We go to work, come home, eat dinner, sometimes go for drinks, go to bed and then wake up and do it all over again. It’s the little things like getting excited for Valentine’s Day that makes life so much more than just a 9-5. It’s sad but sometimes we actually do need a special day to brighten up our months and to show the people we care about that we love them.
This Valentine’s we are keeping things fairly simple. Clint is cooking for me although, he still hasn’t bought a single ingredient and we are going to finish watching This Is Us on Amazon (if you haven’t watched this already, what are you doing with your life?) before getting an early night. What are your plans?