I always get screwed during the Holiday of Love due to its close
chronological proximity to my birthday. This really isn't a big deal
as my husband and I are not big Valentine's people. I can pretty much
guarantee that I will not be recieving any jewelry on this glorious
occassion just as I can also guarantee that my husband will not be
recieving any power tools or garden gadgets. It's just not something
Our Valentine's spending limit is usually around $10 (and
that includes the card!) so my husband usually ends up with two or
three pez dispensers (he's a collector) and I end up with a bag of
gummy worms (my favorite treat). I know some women who get diamonds
every February 14th. I am not one of those women. What can I say?
For me, gummy worms are a girl's best friend.
I debated about
what to get my children for Valentine's Day this year. I was going to
just get them a card until I talked to some friends and found out that
they were getting some candy, a card, and a $20-25 gift for their kids. Never one to
shy away from keeping up with the Joneses, I braved the Valentine aisle
at Wal-Mart with all of the rest of the last minute shoppers.
Thankfully, the children's card section was relatively crowd free.
The same cannot be said for the wife/girlfriend section. That small
space was stuffed with men of all ages, arms heavy with all varieties
of candy and lame $4.94 stuffed animals, perusing the cards searching
for the perfect one for their special lady. I rolled my eyes and
judged them harshly for their procrastination. Without further ado, I
made my way to the husband card section. I found pretty good cards
(considering the sparse selection) for my husband and my kids and made
my way to the book aisle. I purchased a book for each child as well as
a small candy treat. I think that is sufficient. I'll probably hear
stories about my son's friends and their shiny new Valentine's bikes
and Power Wheels but I will have no problem responding to these tales.
I'll just look at my son knowingly and say, "Just be thankful that one of your gifts