In addition to Valentine's Day I've also circled my husband of sixty-plus years' birthday, so between the birthday, spreading love around by sending Valentines to my extended family, and selecting a meaningful gifts to commemorate these special occasions for my DH, it's little wonder I consider February the love month. I've been so busy spreading love around I didn't get this blog posted when I'd planned.
Love has been in the air all month, every store window and even the TV commercials have reminded us it's the love month. Even the Super Bowl ads got in on the act. So is the love month over-commercialized, or does it truly act as a jump start for flagging romances?
When we were younger, dinner reservations for February 14th were a must, and my husband soon learned if he failed to confirm our plans by the first of February, he was pretty much out of luck to find a place for us to eat out. Our favorite restaurants would be all booked. One year a local Italian restaurant advertised their special menu ahead, and we were one of the lucky couples to share a romantic dinner by candlelight and a thoughtful nosegay for the ladies to take home.
Only the pricey restaurants do that now, and since we no longer drive at night, my husband grilled tender fillet mignon for me, and wild salmon for himself, and I found this preferable to a questionable restaurant meal.
Each year I receive a Valentine from a secret admirer, and though he tries to hide his identity by sending his bundle of Valentines addressed to all his lady friends to someone in another city for mailing, we all know who he is: a romantic at heart who believes we all should mail a stack of Valentines to our friends to commemorate love month, and keep the tradition alive.
This romantic is all for that, and I do my part.
On a related subject, I just finished reading an historical romance, Sabrina Jeffries' delightful novel A Lady Never Surrenders. In it, Lady Celia, the gutsy heroine, insists: "A lady never surrenders. Except where love is concerned. I've come to realize that in matters of love, a clever lady always surrenders." Right on!
Of course it took the heroine until the end of the novel to finally come to this conclusion, which is half the fun of reading romance, don't you think? Good job, Sabrina.
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