That's right. It's Valentine's Day. That hideous, painful reminder to those of us who have no Significant Other (or that no longer have an SO) that life is empty without the romantic attachment to another. I don't really believe that, but that does seem to be the main thrust of all of the advertising that takes place around this time of year.
OK... I'm not going to rehash everything I think about Valentine's Day. I said just about all I had to say last year, you can read that post here
. I will, however, ammend it by saying that I no longer have the ring on my finger. Now it's just the empty little groove that constantly reminds me that the ring is no longer there. Otherwise there hasn't been any change worth noting. Instead, today I shall share with all of you some very important lessons that I learned from Valentine's Days past.1) The thought is not what's important. It's the gift!
If you don't believe this try the following experiment. Give your Significant Other a nice card then tell him/her that you really thought about getting him/her a really nice expensive present, one that would've been just perfect for them. But you realized that your financial situation wasn't conducive to this desire. So you bought the card knowing that it was "the thought that counts". Let me know how that turns out.2) Lingerie is a gift for the buyer.
Let's face it, if a guy buys lingerie for his lady, it's a clear message as to what he wants. The gift is more for himself than for her. And ladies, if you buy lingerie and try to pass it off as a gift for him, you're only deceiving yourself. Admit that you like the way it looks on you, regardless of how he feels about it. Especially since we all know that he just wants to get you out of it. My advice, stick to jewelery. It's more durable, just as pretty, and - guy's - you'll achieve the same results with more enthusiasm.3) Chocolate is not the aphrodisiac that it's cracked up to be.
There is a line from the movie The Devils Advocate where Al Pacino/Satan says:
"Love? Bio-chemically, it's the same as eating mass quantities of chocolate."
Now, I know that there was an actual study done in the 90's that proved that chocolate does have an effect on the pleasure center of the female brain. But I have yet to experience the result of that stimulation in a positive fashion. And don't think that during 17 years of marriage I didn't try my best with it. I think that chocolate is merely a substitute for the real thing. This is a gift that is best given in small quantities. Consider it to be a part of foreplay.4) Valentine's Day is a corporate conspiracy.
It's clear to me that somewhere between the florists, the jewelers, the card companies, the candy makers and even the lingerie producers, they have us all pegged as suckers. Unlike Christmas, which still retains a sufficient amount of its spiritual significance amid it's over commercialization, nobody knows what St. Valentine's Day is about. Thus, in the absence of any clear distinction for the holiday, the greedy corporations seized their opportunity to capitalize on the wanton lusts and passions of us all. We've been tempted with a myriad of trinkets and baubles to use as a means of showing our affections to those whom we ought to be expressing our love to on a daily basis. And in more permanent ways than with gifts that will eventually be lost to time. Then again, being the consumate capitalist that I am, I really don't have that much of a problem with this. It's just another distraction from the more important stuff in life. We just have to deal with it.
That's all I really have to say. If you have somebody, love 'em
. If not, better luck next year. Unless, of course, like myself, you're not particularlly looking to hook-up with anyone, anytime soon. In which case, enjoy the life you've chosen for yourself. And God bless us all in whatever situation we find ourselves.
Labels: Rant, Relationships