When I was young, Valentine’s Day was such a big deal for me. I always imagined getting a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate. It’s all the grand gestures that are the best – or so I thought. Well into my 20s, I always felt jealous of girls receiving bouquet of flowers on Heart’s Day. I did have a boyfriend already then but we were on a long distance relationship and sending me flowers would cost a lot. So we just settled for our usual chat. It was okay, but I still longed for that bouquet of flowers.
Years later, now that I’m married to said boyfriend I’ve realized that it is the simple gestures and low-key celebrations that take a big chunk of my heart. Flowers will wilt, chocolates will melt but a cuddle and a sweet kiss and hug will forever be imprinted on my mind and be part of my memories. Now a days, I just settle for a heat-felt love letter. Something that I can read over and over again and will last long after we’re gone, for my son and my son’s children to learn of the love his and their grandparents had for each other.
I don’t mind people spending an x number amount of money to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Nor the people who buy bouquets of flowers and boxes of chocolates for their loved ones. I just wish that they’ll realize one day that the money spent could be put to better use, like putting it in a bank, and that the flowers will wilt after a few days and the chocolates will be eaten in just a day. I just hope they’ll realize that you don’t need grand gestures to celebrate Valentine’s Day. All you need is a love letter, a couch or a bed to snuggle up in and maybe some wine. I hope they realize that it is in the company of their loved one that the essence of Valentine’s Day is realized. It is in the look of love in their eyes and the sweet simple ways they show their love.
Valentine’s after all is not in the grandest gesture but in the sincere sweet ways that make the heart flutter and the soul sing.