Happy Valentine’s Day from Martin. Is it too commercialized?

valentine's dayHi, friends and readers:

I know, I know …. The retailers always seem to convert every holiday into an opportunity to sell us tons of crap we don’t really need or want.

In the case of Valentine’s Day, it’s candy that’ll make us fat, flowers marked up to double their normal price, gold and diamond jewelry, and expensive dining in a restaurant beyond our means. I feel many people fall victim to the whole “you’ve got to buy her/him something special of she/he will think you don’t love him/her.”

How nonsensical. You shouldn’t have to prove your love with material things on this day dedicated to romantic love.  Isn’t it enough you share at least part of the day with your sweetie, doing something you’ll both enjoy, even if it’s just sharing a walk in the park and a nice bottle of wine?

valentine's day #2Having said all that, there’s no crime in doing something a little out-of-the-ordinary on Valentine’s Day, or buying your sweetie a little something you know he/she especially wants, but won’t buy for himself/herself. That’s my opinion, anyway.

Tonight, my boyfriend and I will prepare a special meal, here at his home. We’ll open a nice bottle of wine, and we’ll listen to music. Maybe we’ll take another walk through his neighborhood, like we did last night. It’s so pretty and peaceful here, even though we are only two blocks from the university campus.

Right now, due to his work, we have to live in separate towns. It’s hard, but we’re making it work. And, frankly, just being here witih him in Gainesville today, and waking up next to him this morning, was a special enough treat for me. The rest is just gravy, as they say.

Friends, wherever you are, if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, I hope you’ll do something special together today. And by all means, be sure to tell him/her how much you love him/her. It’s important. Have a great Valentine’s Day.

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