Yep, I'm several days early. It's been that kind of week. Between a sick child, snow on the ground, ice covered roads, and yet another day off from school for my kids, nothing has gone right this week. Valentine's Day has crept up on me. Well, sort of. I mean, I've been perfectly aware that it was coming. Heck, I've even bought a couple bags of cute little chocolate hearts because I couldn't help myself. My problem is that I'm not ready for it. And who put it on a Monday anyway? Worst day of the week!
So, Zilla is wonderful at a lot of things. Valentine's Day is not one of them. When I was younger I'd pout about the fact that I didn't get flowers or candy or whatever. But I refused to tell him that I wanted those things. Childish? Probably. But, I wanted the sentiment to be from him. For him to realize that I needed that gesture. Somehow it lost it's meaning if I had to TELL him how to show me he cared.
However, lately I've realized that isn't exactly fair. He isn't a mind reader. And, frankly, isn't so hot with the BRGs (big romantic gestures). He does a ton of other things instead that show he cares about me and our kids. Things that are a hell of a lot more practical than a box of chocolates that my hips really don't need. These are the really important things, and I'm not so blind that I don't notice it. But, is it asking so much that once a year I get a BRG?
This year I told him that it would mean a lot to me if he put some effort into Valentine's Day. I even handed him a coupon for $10 off of a flower delivery. I'm a romantic at heart and I'd really like that gesture from my husband, even if most of my brain realizes it shouldn't be that important.
My problem? After all the fuss I've made over it this year, I have no idea what to get him. I've come to the conclusion that Valentine's Day is for women. End of story. He doesn't want flowers. He doesn't eat chocolate. He really doesn't want a stuffed animal because our kids are already drowning in them. One year I balloon wrapped a six pack of beer because frankly it was really the only thing he wanted. But after 16 years together I'm apparently out of cute Valentine's ideas.
So, what are you getting your significant other for Valentine's Day? I'm not above borrowing a brilliant idea. I could use all the help I could get.
P.S. The winner from yesterday's blog is Lois Sloan! Please contact Playground Monitor to claim your prize.