Can you feel it? The love floating in the air? The romance wafting about the place?
Yes, it’s that time of year. Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. And I love it.
So many people are critical of the commercial nature of Valentine’s Day but I think there is nothing wrong with shining a romantic spotlight on your relationship. With all the pressures of raising a family, building a career, staying fit and healthy and performing all the mundane tasks required to maintain a functioning household, romance can often slide away in the face all of those demands.
And, there’s no need to be pushed into something clichéd, costly or kitsch to make the day special. Moonlit walks on the beach, free. Handmade card, free. A playlist of my favourite songs, free. Voucher for cooking dinner every night, free (I’ve been making a lot of hints about that one!!)
My husband and I usually go out for a candlelit dinner (well they are a cliché for a reason – I love candlelit dinners). We always talk about how we met. How we looked across a crowded room (yes, our relationship is cliché central) and knew in that instant something special had happened. How we lived on different sides of the world (me, London; him, Brisbane) or different cities (me, Melbourne and Durham, USA, him, Brisbane) due to career commitments for the next two years before we could finally live together. How we got to know each other through letters (no email or cheap phones/skype calls back in the IT dark ages) and what a lovely way it was to learn about each other. I read those letters often for inspiration for my stories and for how men express themselves when they are first falling in love.
Yes, I’m a die hard romantic. Lucky, considering the career I’ve chosen. So, this Valentine’s Day I’ll have dinner with my partner of the last 20 years and think, isn’t it lovely that we’ve taken time out of our crazy lives to gaze into each others eyes and reminisce about how lucky we were to see each other across that crowded room.
Jennifer’s latest novel, The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love is out now available from Amazon, iTunes, Google, Penguin and Destiny Romance.
What a lovely story Hubby and I have been married for almost 37 years and have been together since I was 15 and him 17 a long time LOL lots of ups and downs through the years 4 children and we now have 6 grandchildren, we don't normally do a lot for Valentimes Day but normally there is a small gift :)
I enjoy following your family photos on Facebook, Helen. You always look like you are having a wonderful time!! Happy Valentine's Day for Friday.ReplyDelete
Lovely post, Jenn! I love Valentine's Day. The-Partner-in-Parenting-Crime and I always give each other cards and at some time in the day there will be Lindt balls and champagne. I've run into a sticky little problem this year in that I'm off on a writing retreat on Friday night - oops! Not sure that pizzas with the kids will be the same for him, but I'll be having champers with my writing buddies!ReplyDelete
Have an absolute blast at your writing retreat! Sounds like bliss! I'm partial to the champagne and Lindt balls too! Happy Valentine's Day for Friday!ReplyDelete
Ahhh, letters. My hubby and I were just talking about the fact that he's kept all of my letters from the days when we were in different countries. I don't have any of his. They must have been mislaid during one of our moves. Letters do seem so much more romantic than emails or texts!ReplyDelete
They do don't they, Claire. I love the fact that we have all those letters. What a shame some of yours were lost.Delete
Hi Jennifer. Thanks for the lovely post! I love the fact that you two concentrate on remembering the way you met and how your relationship developed. That's so romantic!ReplyDelete
I'm not sure what we'll be doing on Valentine's Day but it should be fun - just the two of us!
Thanks, Annie. I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day.Delete
Aw, Jen, what a romantic you are. :-) Gorgeous that you and the DH do the candlelight dinner and reminisce about the early days. The DH and I don't do presses, but are planning a romantic beer and pizza night. ;-)ReplyDelete
That sounds perfect, Michelle!! Happy Valentine's Day.Delete
Jen, your post made me all nostalgic- which is a shame because I too will be at a writer's retreat drinking bubbles with my writing pals while hubby feeds the kids a plane ride away! Thinking maybe I should plan a Valentine's Day for next week instead! Enjoy yours!ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful time at the writing retreat, Louisa. I would love to pop over and join you. Celebrating Valentine's Day next week sounds perfect!ReplyDelete