Valentine’s Day is a different kind of day when you’re married with kids. Although, to be honest, I don’t think children make a huge difference in my Valentine’s plans. Husband and I have been together for almost 14 years. We went out to restaurants our first three or four Valentine’s Day, then we stopped. I love the idea of a special day celebrating one’s love. But I dislike the mass market feel of Valentine’s.
I remember being single and always feeling like such a wally on Valentine’s Day. At least when I was young, there wasn’t Facebook bombarding you with everyone’s flowers and jewellery. I think when you’re in a happy relationship, you don’t really care about gifts, though it is always nice to feel that your other half still cherishes you and wants to make you feel special.
I don’t like the idea of not doing anything for Valentine’s. So I went a little crazy making heart-shaped food. We had heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast. And I made an array of heart-shaped cakes and treats for dinner. And every year, Husband makes an extra nice dinner for the two of us (this year we had sirloin steak, courgette fries and potatoes). We eat at the table and talk like grown-ups. Then we go into the living room, watch Netflix and ignore each other. That’s my idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day.