Guys are buying flower arrangements from small to gargantuan to communicate the depth of their love. They will be planning the delivery of these floral expressions of love to strategically drive home their amorous intentions toward their significant other.
Others will plan a special meal either to be had by dining out or by dining in. Either way, that meal will signify their all-consuming affection for their special someone.
Still other men will grace their loved one with some concoction of candy or other sweets to achieve the same end.
Most men will offer up at least a Valentine’s card with a very special sentiment to make that special someone glow.
Then there are some guys who will totally forget Valentine’s Day. No flowers, no meal, no card, nothing. A snub of this magnitude could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back, resulting in a total dissolution of a couple’s relationship.
Women plan for their lover on this day as well and, just like men, attack the situation with much the same kind of fervor and thoroughness. Some women plan an extravagant celebration for the day’s activities while others just plain forget the whole affair.
Women usually don’t send their special someone flowers or take them out for a dinner. Ladies will wear special perfumes and makeup that pleases their significant other. Lingerie sales are popular with the female side of our life on Valentine’s Day. Come on guys, you like that too.
Men and women alike will grace their partners with a special bottle of wine or champagne that has a special meaning for the couple.
The major theme of Valentine’s Day is love. Love can be manifested in many ways. Maybe a person doesn’t have a special someone to share the day with. People might show affection to a relative or even spend special time with their pet. We often fail to give our pets the loving that they crave, so why not give them that extra special something on Valentine’s Day?
People might volunteer to help some segment of society or even an acquaintance who would appreciate some special attention on this day. As an expression of love, people might offer their time on Valentine’s Day by volunteering at a retirement home or other institution where residents need some TLC. Someone else might have a true love of their community and perform some small service on Valentine’s Day, such as some sort of beautification that will benefit everyone in the city.
One thing is for sure: On Valentine’s Day it certainly would be better to make love not war — at least for this one day out of the year. Give love a chance, at any rate. Everybody needs somebody sometime.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.