As if you needed a reminder! It’s everywhere – you can’t MISS it. Magazines are telling you what to buy, M&S are telling you what to eat, the blogosphere are telling you what to wear… if you’re not “one half of a whole” this week of the year can feel painfully exclusive.
As someone who was in a relationship for nigh on 8 years I just wanted to take this little opportunity to remind my fellow singletons something about this mother of all non-holidays. And it’s not that it’s just an excuse for retailers to rob consumers blind, that it’s commercialist crap or that it’s only purpose is to make us feel bad…
I wanted to remind you all that couples? Don’t really care about Valentine’s day.
The Ex and I used to have rules in place about this one. The card had to be homemade (quick note to the menfolk: a piece of A4 paper, folded over and covered in biro kisses does not fall into the “acceptable” handmade card category – particularly if you claim to want to be a cartoonist some day… the wrath of the woman on the receiving end of such a card will not be pretty!). And any gifts had to cost under a fiver. But when it came down to it, it was all tokenistic, and personally always made me feel dirty and used. (Clarification: by the retailers, not the ex!)
So this weekend, when you’re crying into your scatter cushions and contemplating a Bridget Jones/Celine Dion moment just bear in mind that those couples you’re enviously wishing you were a part of? Are probably sharing a bottle of wine and a curry in front of a movie exactly as they do every Saturday/Sunday night! (And they’ve probably had a row about biro kisses into the bargain!)
Happy cupid’s weekend!