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Valentine’s Day

by Nancy J. Cohen

Happy Valentine’s Day! This holiday holds special memories for me. Forty-three years ago, my husband proposed on Valentine’s Day. We’d only met in September the year before, so we knew each other for five months before getting engaged. We married in December that year.

We used to do the chocolates and flowers thing, but now we mostly go out to a nice dinner. Here is a collection of the candy boxes I’d kept, now stored as a photo. I don’t pay any attention to the alleged religious origins of this holiday. Instead, I prefer to celebrate it as a festival of love and romance.

But what if you don’t have a sweetheart, or if your significant other is no longer with you? Here are some ways you can bring romance into your life.

 

Read a romance novel
Light candles around your house or at the dinner table
Play your favorite mood music
Dine out at a fine restaurant with a friend
Pretend you’re a tourist and explore new places
Go away for a weekend retreat
Visit a park or botanical garden
Stay at a bed & breakfast inn
Attend a local fair or festival
Buy yourself a sexy outfit
Soak in a leisurely bubble bath
Pamper yourself at a day spa
Have your hair done, or get a manicure/pedicure
Watch a romantic comedy on television
Indulge in chocolate
Call a friend or a relative you haven’t heard from in a while
Use aromatherapy to enhance your senses
Wear your favorite perfume
Try something you’ve never done before
Take a class in a totally new subject
Prepare yourself a special meal

Romance brings richness, but it’s a richness of the senses no matter how you choose to celebrate. What’s the best Valentine’s Day you can remember?

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Comments

  1. What great ideas, Nancy. And I love that you saved a pic of your chocolate boxes (because though they are so pretty, I never can think of a good thing to do with them when they’re empty). I guess we oldsters moved a bit faster back in the day. My husband and I got engaged within 6 months though we waited another full year to get married so I’d be graduated from college. Now, it’s often years into the relationship before couples get engaged, let alone marry. But, yikes, it’s going to be 40 years for us this year *faint*!

  2. Great suggestions, Nancy. My husband and I met in October, engaged in February (on Groundhog Day, so that’s our February celebration) and were married in August. Our 50th anniversary is this year.

    • Wow, you guys were fast! Richard and I met in September, got engaged on Valentine’s Day, and married that December. We’re at 43 years. I hope you’re having a party to celebrate your 50th!

  3. Maggie Toussaint says

    These suggestions are good for singles and doubles. I’m personally going to indulge in dark chocolate!

  4. I love all of these suggestions for a “me” Valentine’s Day. I’d like to try them all. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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