And no, I’m not going to ask how many cards/roses/marriage proposals you got!! (I hated that question when I was a teenager because the answer was always a shame-faced, “None!”).
Since those angst-ridden days, (just so you don’t feel too sorry for me!) I’ve had lots of lovely Valentine’s, including one very romantic trip to Venice. The gondoliers were on strike though (honestly!) so we’ve got to go back one day, just to have that ride on a gondola!
Another year, we booked a meal for two at our local, very popular, Indian restaurant. It’s not very big – they can only squeeze in a few tables – so for Valentine’s night, you had to book and pay a deposit well in advance. When we arrived, every table was scattered with heart-shaped confetti and laid out for two and each one had a huge helium heart-shaped balloon hovering above it. The place was buzzing. Only the table next to ours (and they were very close!) remained unoccupied, which we thought was odd. Being a writer, I wondered whether the couple who’d originally booked that table had fallen out of love…
We were just starting our main courses when two forty-something men, dressed in jeans and sweatshirts, wandered into the restaurant and asked if there was a table free. They were duly placed next to us and it quickly became clear that a) they hadn’t realised it was Valentine’s night and b) they were just two mates out for a curry.
“Do you want our balloon?” they asked us, giggling and we spent the rest of the night chatting and laughing with them. They were great company and we were like four pals out for dinner. It wasn’t very romantic but it was very funny. I always thought I might write about it. Oh look, I just did.
If you want to write a story, article or even an anti-valentine’s poem (there are competitions for those!), aimed at publication in 2012, today’s the day to do it – while all the ‘Snuggle-Bums loves Choochie-Face’ stuff is fresh in your mind!
If you want a bit of inspiration, have a look here for some interesting facts and figures about Valentine’s Day.
And did you know that Henry VIII officially dubbed February 14th a holiday in England in 1537. When he wasn’t chopping people’s heads off he was quite a romantic!