Monday, February 2, 2009

Read the fine print...

It’s the beginning of, yet another, event-packed month. February, the shortest month of the year happens to be one of my least favorites, why you ask? Well, for one, Valentine’s Day, oh St. Valentine why did you have to be recognized? I mean basically it is one of the biggest money making month’s for Hallmark and flower companies… I have never liked it, especially when I was younger… You probably are thinking “did you not get a lot of fun Valentine’s at school when you were little?” Well, if you must ask, yes, yes I did get Valentine’s, many to be more precise. But, I don't like to brag, so lets move on... That isn’t the reason for my lack of luster on this not-so-fine pseudo holiday.

Thank heavens this year, February 14th, is on a weekend so I don’t have to keep up-ing myself every year to impress… who you ask? My wife’s co-workers! You were probably thinking I was trying to impress my wife, right??? Well, heck no, I give her stuff all the time. I come home, on the very oddest of days, and bring her a couple roses or even a bouquet just to see her gleaming face of appreciation?! Yes, I do that all the time. Why? Because I usually get a kiss... and because I love my wife. I like to surprise her and keep a little bit of excitement in our relationship!

Although, on the day of the cupid, you are supposed to go WAY overboard to show up all the other husbands and boyfriends, etc… who bought their “sweetie” gifts and sent them to their wives, girlfriends, lovers, mistresses, etc… at their places of employment. The rose bouquet becomes a status symbol, if you will. The bigger the bouquet, the bigger the wallet. However, this year, I would say, the bigger the bouquet, the bigger the stupidity… who really can afford to spend $200 + on something that is going to DIE in a couple of days?

Well, not me, not me. Sorry 1-800-flowers.com! Not this year… I would like to be able to pay for things such as my mortgage, water bill and my son’s impending hospital bills… So, stop sending me all the FREE Shipping emails, with all the fine print! When you get to the website reads, with any purchase over $75 or more! Evil.

11 comments:

The Panic Room said...

I have been panning a big I HATE this stupid holiday post and have been kicking ideas around about how to approach it. I really despise this holiday. I always have. Always will and am so very lucky that my wife thinks the Holiday is as jackass as I do.

So right on man. Good post.

Tami said...

Amen! I would much rather get an I love you card, flowers or chocolate as a surprise rather than Stephen feeling forced to have to buy something. ANd I hate to eat out on Valentine's Day! It is always crowded and the service is always slow!

Laura said...

You started the flowers trend on Valentine's Day long ago :) I prefer the surprise flowers though.

Terri said...

This is the dumbest holiday ever!! But it will be celebrated by me making dinner and a movie rental or two :-)

CK Lunchbox said...

Lol! Ya, I had to laugh because, I had the notion to send flowers to Ash at work on Friday (the 13th Hmmm) to show off a little. Now that I think about it might not looks so good to pay for having one rose sent there given that's pretty close to what the budget will allow for these days!

Down with commercialism!

1sttimedad said...

I sent The Boss an e-card on our first Valentine's Day because I boycotted it.

But I was young then. Now I just reluctantly take part because I do enjoy having a sex life now and then!

postulatesandpasttimes said...

I am lucky enough to be married to a woman who sees Valentines for the big Hoax on America's wallets that it is. So every year, we get each other a "not too sappy" card (because, after nearly ten years, all the pink and flowery words just seem fake) and we TRY to have a nice dinner somewhere alone. Even if it's after the kids go to bed, it's still special.................AND CHEAP!

iVegasFamily said...

I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day either. It's too much pressure. Also, the flowers are too expected. I much rather surprise my wife with flower throughout the year.

James said...

We all need to take a big step back and realize that we don't need these marketing holidays to show our love for our spouses. It's in the everyday details where our love really shows up.

That being said, I'm not getting away without something sweet passing Mrs. LIAYF's way on that day.

DCUrbanDad said...

Valentine's can suck it.

Best part about the Holiday. My wife hates it just as much as me.

I will get my little sweet pea a card.

About the book said...

I agree with all y'all but my kids are way into making hearts and getting to eat chocolate on Valentine's Day so that helps me be positive about it...