February is a month all about love. It seems like there are hearts and cupids everywhere you look. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate for a romance writer to admit this, but Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. I know, I know. . .I, of all people, am supposed to LOVE love.
And I do.
But I guess maybe I don’t always love the commercialization of Valentine’s Day and the pressure to get/give a gift. I remember in middle school and junior high when the day would be filled with deliveries to classrooms. Flowers, stuffed animals, balloons. . .there was a lot of pressure back then to receive something, and I can remember all too well the disappointment the years when my name wasn’t called.
That “pressure” seemed to remain even after I entered the workforce. The day was always full of flowers or special deliveries. I’ve seen co-workers serenaded by barbershop quartets and surprised by horse-drawn carriage rides. . .all very cool and sweet and definitely romance novel-worthy.
This year, my husband took me out to dinner at our favorite place. There wasn’t a big surprise because he knows I’d rather be surprised on a regular day. Maybe a special anniversary—our first date. The day he knew he loved me. The day he proposed. A regular day would make the surprise even more unexpected.
I don’t think I’ve ever written a Valentine’s Day surprise into one of my books, so maybe I should try that in the future. I’ve covered a lot of holidays, but never Valentine’s. In one of my very first books, Love is a Battlefield, Ace surprises Kristy with a bouquet of sparklers because she had to miss out on the 4th of July festivities. I loved writing that scene!
How about you? Do you love Valentine’s Day and look forward to it each year? (I know lots of people who consider that their favorite day.) Or do you dislike it? (I had a friend in college who used to wear black each year on Valentine’s Day and send out anti-Valentine’s cards!) Or are you more like me and fall somewhere in between?
Whichever camp you fall into, I hope you are having a fantastic February. Spring is just around the corner!!