Personally, I would love for it to be a day for just doing something nice for someone else. I used to be one of those hoping to get flowers delivered to me at work as a physical validation of love. But what does it really show? Just that you have the money to buy something.
I would rather have a life full of little signs of love - my husband cleaning the snow off my car or giving me time alone to work on my writing. I try to show my husband how I feel by cooking dinner occasionally (he usually does the cooking), recording his favorite shows, or just making sure he has clean socks.
Being married for twenty-two years has shown me what's important. It's not the gift - it's the love behind it and the way you show it every day.
Basically, it boils down to this: don't feel bad if you don't receive flowers or candy today - look at how love is expressed every day and strive to show someone how you feel by your actions. Your actions speak louder than any bouquet of flowers ever could.
Here are just a few ideas to show them how you feel:
- Light some candles and have an intimate dinner for two
- Leave a note or write a love letter expressing how you feel
- Watch their favorite movie together