Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine's Day. This is just a friendly reminder to not forget your sweetheart on the one day a year set aside to remember. I personally think it would be a better world if we remembered to be nice and thoughtful to each other every day of the year. It might cut down on the high divorce statistics. A little kindness can go a long way in making a better relationship.
Valentine's Day has been around a long time. One article I read said it originated in ancient Rome. Boys drew girls' names from a love urn on a special day in February.
The special day has come a long way through the years. One article I read estimated 2016 Valentine Day sales at a record $19.7 billion. It was broken down into gift categories of: $4.5 billion on jewelry; $4.4 billion on an evening out; $1.98 billion on flowers; $2 billion on clothing; $1.76 billion on candy; $1.68 billion on gift cards; and $1.14 billion on greeting cards, leaving a little for the "other" category. I am not sure if those figures are correct, I am just passing on what I read. It sounds like a lot of money but according to the article it averages out $147 per person. That sounds high (when I consider my $12 box of candy). Someone must be getting a really nice gift with the rest of my share. That is okay, I am happy with my candy.
At one time a nice dinner out would have been a treat, but in today's society, most people eat out more than they eat at home so it has to be a fancy dinner to fit the occasion.
In years past I have made my husband his favorite pie or cake as a gift, but as a rule, we are candy givers. I like my chocolates. I have no idea how many pounds of chocolate I have received since the first red heart-shaped box of candy Dale gave me when I was 14 years old.
As we get older the gift does not matter as much as the thought. Giving a Valentine message seems to be more important to women than men, but remembering should go both ways.
During the teenage years, it is especially important for guys who are dating not to forget Valentine's Day. It seems to give the girls bragging rights when they share with their friends what they received.
There is no age limit to enjoying thoughtfulness, so men and women of all ages should keep Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas holidays in mind and give or do something special for the special people in their lives -- even if they have been together 50 years.
I just may make my husband his favorite pie -- coconut cream. I hate to admit it, but he is a better cook/baker than I am. I can still lead in the coconut cream pie, pineapple upside down cake, cherries in the snow dessert or pecan pie. He takes top honors in lemon ice box pie, cheese cake, cinnamon coffee cakes or cup cake.
Since my husband retired he does a lot of the cooking and I don't mind. I love going home for lunch or dinner and it is on the table. My friends say I am spoiled, but I don't mind that either.