Sunday, February 17, 2013
In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, I decided to take the pressure off my husband to make some grand romantic movie moment. I told him that instead of going to a super exclusive super fancy super expensive restaurant, I wanted to go to a nice, yet simple, inexpensive one instead. Times are tough. Money is tight. I couldn't see spending hundreds on a single evening. For what? To impress whom? We had a lovely evening at the inexpensive place. Our time together was no less special, no less romantic, no less memorable, than at the fancy place that would have been my choice if money were no object. We talked. We smiled. We laughed. We embraced. We kissed. We told each other that we love each other. It was magical. And it was a fraction of the cost. And because it was right in our neighborhood, we were quickly home enjoying a romantic interlude instead of fighting our way through the holiday traffic. The next day, I publicly thanked my husband for making our Valentine's Day so special. I announced on Facebook what a great time I had and he responded publicly that it was just as special for him as it had been for me. It was like we had just met and were newly in love! So on Valentine's Day, or any other special day, remember what matters most: your love for each other, not the amount of money spent, but the quality of your time together.