Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Valentine IV. Why, oh why, a Valentine's Day?

For Americans Valentine's Day is a big deal. But why? A French friend of mine asked me this and so thus, I've made it the inspiration for my daily post. I'll attempt a feeble answer, though I can only speak from my personal experience. What about you? Do you know why Valentine's Day is such a big deal in the U.S.?

For me Valentine's Day began in elementary school and is synonymous with the following.

Conversation hearts...

Tear along the dotted line Valentine cards for each and every one of my classmates and one received from each and every one of my classmates.
Along with lots of candy, of course...


Cinnamon hearts...

Pink frosted cookies.
And an excuse for a school-time party...

When we are young, it starts out being a day of friendship and kindness.


And when we grow up it becames a day of love.
And of romance.

A day to declare love...


A perfect excuse for a girl to receive flowers from her beau...


The
official day to celebrate love or rekindle a flame with a romantic date or get-away.


That said, as a married woman, Valentine's Day has not always fulfilled my lofty romantic expectations because my husband is French. Yes, he is très romantic, but he doesn't fall for this overly-commercialized date. He's made efforts, but it's just not his thing. And so I've come to terms with it. It's just one day after all. And he certainly makes up for it all the other days of the year...

But a girl can always dream....

And what about you? What does Valentine's Day mean for you?

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