Today is the day of "love" the day to show everyone you love just how much you love them. The idea of the day is great - take time to say you love a person. Chief and I did not exchange anything, mostly due to lack of time and saving our budget. I got the kids each a little something which they enjoyed.
But honestly, I think it is kind of a silly holiday. Spending tons of money on flowers that die and endless candy and other things (I think I have Chief convinced NOT to buy me any more roses; I am more of a fresh-cut wild-flower kind of girl and think spending $80 on roses which keel over in just a few days is a waste!). I think it is the everyday things that show you love someone...the random flowers given for no reason at all or a letter telling someone why they are so special to you. Those are the things that I love.
One of the best romantic memories I have with Chief was one of our first dates ( I think our 3rd?)... we spent the day wine tasting in Napa. We went to several, but the one that stands out was one where you take a tram to the top of a hill where the tasting room was. The day was a perfect spring day - not too hot and not too cool. Just perfect. We sat outside on the patio. It was back in the day when tasting was free and they just kept filling our glasses, brought cheese and crackers. We just talked for hours. I don't remember what we talked about, but I do remember after after that day, I knew I was in love with him. It was just perfect! Now almost 14 years later, I am still in love with him and it is just perfect... still.
Happy Valentine's Day.