It is the popular month of February and not because it has the unusual 28 days or the rare 29 days stretch but more because the branding industry has genuinely endorsed this month as diligently as I would want to bake a cake.
I mean, from the time I realized myself as a teen, the promotion of ‘February’ has really got my hopes high and let me ponder with nothing more than a “why?” and at times a “when?”
The television channels from back then until now are nothing more than the color pink or red, flooded with tempting chocolates, roses, shining diamonds, sales and offers and snugly bears and overly happy couples. It is not that I do not admit couples can be really that happy, but the temptations they create are so hard to resist, I tell you.
Almost every store, even the grocery or the pet stores have red hearts floating around and tons of chocolate boxes and huge bears dumped right at the entrance and you feel like jumping right into them just like a kitten would react to pile yarn balls. But hold on, “I am definitely a mature 30+ woman (not that numbers really matter) and why on Earth am I still wanting to behave like a desirous teen girl? What is wrong with me?” Well, hell no, “I am very much human and all this around me is sparking that old teen fire and not letting me be me.”
And to top it all, even friends till date often end up asking about special plans for Valentine’s day and I bland and maturely address them back by sweetly saying, “Nothing much, we may just go for a nice dinner.” Oh trust me, in this rat race if I am served hot dinner even at home, having nothing to do, I will treat multiple days as the special February day. No roses, no diamonds, no chocolates just a princess treatment should well suffice. 😉
And, in all this hype and celebration and tempting distractions to spend the wallet, it is my spouse who is my closest soft target (but of course). I simply love to trouble him (in the good ways) from time to time to keep the spark sparkling. 😀
So, this afternoon I reminded him about the first and the last rose he gave me when we first started dating 4 years ago emphasizing the fact that it is not the materialistic things that matter, however, they can seem to make some more sense on particular days.
Me: “You know what? I guess it would be a great idea to relive it again”
He: “Sure, do you want to go to the nursery and shop some plants?”
Me: “Really? That many?”
He: “Sure, why not? You would not have one but lots of flowers all year round.”
Me:” Wow, that was my husband talking!”
Me Again: ” How about we go to the shelter and adopt some dogs for our family? We love dogs, don’t we 😀
Me: “Why not? Isn’t that an effective gift, a family member who we can have for life.?”
He: ” When is the time that you are not this creative? We should talk at leisure then.”
Well, this is pretty much how my teen valentine fever has modified and nurtured over the years and now I am living with my partner who is certainly my best buddy and stress buster but also technically incapable to think hypothetically which is why I have to work hard to constantly being creative and pretty much show him the mirror.
But on a serious note, I feel that besides the glitz, glamour, craze and a blow to the wallet that the social media or the marketing industry has brought upon us for the first 15 days of this month, it is indeed nice to celebrate the little things and reflect on the cherished moments that our loved ones bring into our lives, not just on one day but for days and years together.
It is eventually not that things we buy or give on a said date, but the smallest gestures that last more than a lifetime even though the cuddly-snugly bears on the store counters stare right back into your eyes and insistently tell you ~ “C’mon ask me out of here. ” 🙂 ♥