Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Anti-Valentines Day

Traditional is rarely a word used to describe me.

I don't do routine. I have never functioned well on a schedule. I have been known to do (or not do) something simply because someone say I shouldn't (or should...).

I'm not sure when or how it started, but I don't really "do" Valentine's Day.

Sure, I have been known to pick up cheesy cards and chocolates for my kids. I enjoyed the heck out of making Valentine boxes for them to take to school, and I adore all of the cheesy Valentines they used to bring home.

But as it pertains to me, meh... Not so much.

I like the idea of taking a day to appreciate the people in your life who mean the most, but a day of romance? Elaborate, expensive gifts to show our devotion to our significant others? I don't get it.

Sure, I like fancy gifts as much as the nice girl. But in my head, a fancy gift just because is far more thoughtful than a fancy gift because it is expected.

Needless to say, my fiance' loves not having to figure out a gift that will knock my socks off. He loves that there is no pressure to plan the perfect night. And he loves that when I say, "I don't want anything." I mean, "I don't want anything." I have no hidden agenda. It's not a trap. I really, truly don't want anything.

So imagine my surprise, when climbing into bed, I found a folded piece of paper with "Kristin" written on the outside slipped under the covers.
The most amazing gift, a simple letter, printed on simple paper, with a simple message...

I love you for who you are, in good times and bad. I love you when you are at your best and when you are at your worst, and I look forward to loving you for the rest of our lives.

Simple and perfect.

Have you ever had an unexpected Valentines surprise? What is your Valentines tradition (or anti-tradition)?


Unknown said...

Awwww, that's sweet... and perfect.

I don't care for Valentine's Day very much. I can't stand the "show and tell" aspect that goes with it (i.e. Facebook pictures of earrings, chocolates, flowetes... *gag*). My hubby shows his love throughout the year. He doesn't need a day to be reminded to be affectionate/loving. I like it that way.

Unknown said...

That was perfect hang onto him hun he's definitely a keeper.

Renegades said...

That was so sweet.

As my husband says Valentine's Day is the one time a year he gets me flowers.

Babes Mami said...

We don't really do valentine's either but we exchange cards with our thoughts inside.

Unknown said...

That is the sweetest thing! It was simple and heartfelt. My husband was a bit better about unexpected surprises when we first were married. I guess I was, too! This convicted me to step up my game!

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