With quiver loaded, Cupid is taking careful aim, but don’t let the barrage of blush-shaded marketing prompts caress you into breaking your heart-shaped budget. Valentine’s Day has, like so many holidays, evolved into a manufactured excuse to consume more stuff in greater quantities. We are encouraged by smiling, hugging and kissing couples to purchase jewelry, flowers, candies and all manner of amorous enticement. It is suggested that we solidify and reaffirm our affections by opening our wallets, yet I maintain that an expression of love need not come with a price-tag attached.
If your sweetheart requires an emailed reminder from FTD to say “I love you” and that sentiment is shared only once a year, your relationship is no bouquet of roses. The real currency of love is sincerity, shared not on single, date-book occasions but always, and mostly without sparkling accoutrement. True expressions of devotion are rarely found on racks of greeting cards. Affection is displayed in showy flourishes, but love distinguishes itself steadily, in all seasons.
I’m not totally frowning on gifts—if you’re feeling flush, by all means, share the wealth. But you don’t have to buy-buy-buy just because a cut-out Cupid offers alluring promises at 20% off. No perfume, trinket or charm can adequately prove love (though many jewelers will swear a diamond comes close). If you want to impress your feelings upon someone special, carefully consider what they might actually need before bringing out the bankcard. Caring means providing what your significant other really wants without them ever requesting it. Most importantly, remember that your sentiments are more sincere when accompanied by acts of kindness.
Of course, Lunchsense suggests…lunch. Perhaps a Chicken Caesar Salad, wedge of French bread, orange slices and chocolate truffle. Make it any day, include a sweet note and you’re positively proving how much someone is loved.