Valentine's Day is upon us once again and it's time for many of us to go into full panic mode, wondering what the love of our life could possible want or need on this year.
For some, Valentine's Day is a snap. A bouquet of flowers, a little note, or a box of chocolates, delivered with a smile. While it's wonderful to receive these tokens of your affection, one has to wonder how well it is received if this is the 20th time you've offered up the same gifts.
You could, of course, think out of the box a bit. No one says that Valentine's Day has to have flowers, cards and chocolates, except perhaps the folks at 1-800-Flowers, Hallmark and Hershey. You can go off the grid entirely, coming up with something that is unique to just the two of you, something that does require forethought, but not a lot of cash.
The goal, of course, is to show your love how much you love them. As Frank Sinatra
once said, "A simple I love you means more than money."
For inspiration, how about the guy who hadn't quite gotten around to taking down the Christmas tree yet. Left alone for the day, he quickly redecorated the tree, adding a heart-shaped balloon as the tree topper and penning several dozen cards to go on the tree. Not the Hallmark kind, but the innocent retro kind that kids used to get in elementary school. In each he offered up his love with famous quotes such as Dave Band's "I could never love again, So much as I love you"
and "Grow old with me! The best is yet to be,"
from Robert Browning
. You can think of your own, of course, but the luminaries on this site have done a pretty good job already.
To say that his significant other was surprised is an understatement. Best of all, she forgot all about the fact that he was supposed to have taken down the tree.
There's no hard and fast rule that you have to go out on the town on Valentine's Day
. As you know, the service in restaurants can be slow and the food uneven on one of the industry's busiest days. Instead, why not order in or if you have a little flare for cooking, cook something at home. Turn down the lights, turn up the romantic music and practice lines of pure poetry to offer up at the right time.
Need a good line? How about Rosemonde Gerard's "For, you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow."
That is a guaranteed "10" on the Swoon Meter. Here's another favorite, "Kiss me and you will see stars; love me and I will give them to you."
Or this one from Sarah Bernhardt
: "Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me."
These wonderfully sweet words will make an tough, overcooked steak taste divine. If these don't light your oven of love, there are many more great quotes on www.1-Love-Quotes.com to choose from.
The most important thing to remember on Valentine's Day is to let the other person know how you really feel. You don't need a lot of money, or bells and whistles for that matter. Speak from the heart, be gentle in your touch, loving in your gestures and your true love will think that this Valentine's Day is the best one they have ever had.