The 14th February has always passed like an ordinary day for me. I've never been showered with flowers, cards, champers and chocolate or wined and dined to the strains of someone declaring their undying love. The men in my life have mostly been of the a) poor or b) tight walleted varieties. 'How much!' you might have heard them say as they perused the special menus with their over- inflated prices. To be honest I've been with then on this. I'm always suspicious that food and service would not be so good on a day where a restaurant is packed out or the roses in that bouquet wouldn't last as long as normal.
It's not that I'm adverse to a little romance but of the spontaneous non-commercial type. I can be deeply touched by small loving gestures, especially flowers and thoughtful deeds and words. I probably wouldn't baulk at hugely expensive outpourings either. Bring on that trip to Easter Island with the man with a beautiful artisan crafted engagement ring in his pocket! It's unlikely to happen anytime yet. Depending on the perspective at any given time, I'm still apathetic or fussy when it comes to my own search for love. And maybe it's not the right time. Okay I'll grant you that relationships come with the rough and the smooth. But who'd want to start out on the rest of life's journey with someone who's got a bit of a stress head on?
It could seem like I'm cocking a snook with the picture today but that's not the case. I didn't know anything about St Valentine until I saw it. Given his story I'm genuinely puzzled as to how this particular saint became associated with love and romance. A little bit of research didn't set me straight. There was mention that it had something to do with Chaucer but I'm none the wiser.
And here's song titled 'Valentine'. Except it's about break up and doesn't really set the tone . However it's one that I'm partial too as it's clever, quirky and catchy. For those more conventional hopeless romantics who've somehow stayed the course here's a link to 'Unchained Melody'. I find this golden oldie incredibly touching. Maybe there's hope yet!