Saturday, February 12, 2011

Brace yourself...It's Valentine's Day

At this moment, less than 48 hours remain until one of the most important days of the year for the men of America.

No, I am not referring to the Super Bowl because that was last Sunday. I am talking about Valentine's Day.

It is the one day of the year that is specifically set aside so men can show the special lady in their lives just how they feel about them. Of course, men should do that every day, but extra emphasis is put on this day.

I know the holiday also applies to women. However, since I am a man, I guess I see this from a man's point of view. After all, men have 364 days to prepare for this day. So, there is no way we can possibly blow this, right?

Well, this is where things get a little tricky. It can become tough to remain creative year after year after year. A traditional box of chocolates and flowers are nice, but deep down, I think all of us understand that ladies want to be swept off their feet.

The timing of Valentine's Day is bad this year because it falls on a Monday. Monday is easily the least romantic day of the week. It is the day most of us trudge back to work or school, and we are exhausted by the time the evening arrives.

Because of this, I know a lot of couples are celebrating the holiday this weekend. This is a good strategy in some ways. It eliminates having to deal with the distractions Mondays can bring. Plus, celebrating this on the weekend provides better opportunities for going out on the town.

However, I have some friendly advice for my fellow men. Even if we celebrate the holiday today, we still must do something really special on Monday.

It does not matter if both parties involved agree that this weekend will be their Valentine's weekend. Trust me; a little extra attention on Monday will be what is remembered most.

For example, celebrating Valentine's Day today instead of on Feb. 14 is kind of like opening Christmas presents on Dec. 22. It is still fun, but it is not the same.

Nope, Feb. 14 is the day. Therefore, it is important that men step it up Monday regardless of what takes place over the weekend.

Now, I understand that this will require a remarkable display of willpower for some. But look at it this way: it has been a dreadful winter with the abundance of snow and cold weather we have had.

We need all the warmth we can get right now. And this includes warming the heart of those closest to you.

Cynics may say that Valentine's Day is just another manufactured holiday meant to separate us from our money. I feel sorry for those people.

I do not necessarily disagree that it is a manufactured holiday, but any day that gets us to focus more on love can not be that bad.

When we read and watch the evening news, it seems the last thing on people's minds right now is love.

In recent weeks, there have been riots in the streets of countries around the world. More and more, we appear to be at each other's throats. While it appears to be part of our human nature to destroy each other, loving each other is also part of who we are.

It is not always easy to love though. It is a lot easier to love those who love us than those who do not.

Still, we have to try. In many ways, it is our last hope. Once love goes, then everything else goes with it.

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