February 14, 2007

Goober

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:26 am by Dagny Taggart

I have managed to maintain an unbroken streak of absurdly crappy Valentine’s days.  The good thing about this is that one’s expectations start to change.  After a while, you realize that it can, in fact, be just another day.

If you’re in a relationship, and things are going well, Valentine’s Day is just another day, because you routinely do the little things that make each other happy.  If you’re not in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is just another day because there’s no pressure to do anything “special”. 

If there is a point to Valentine’s Day, I think it is for couples who are already having problems.  To remind them that they care, that they need to do special things for each other, to keep the relationship alive.  It’s a mechanism society created to help preserve that aspect of relationships, the part that serves as a kind of glue to keep the big stuff together.  But the point is not to save it all up for one particular day.  If you love someone, and you know she/he likes steak, cook a steak or take your someone out to dinner every so often.  If you love someone, and you know he/she loves flowers, stop on your way home from work because you want to see him/her smile extra wide that night.

And if you’re having problems, and things aren’t going well, take this opportunity to show them that you do care, and you do want to make them happy.  Take tomorrow, too.  And the day after that.  Who knows, it might just become a habit.

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