I freely admit I am an avid romance reader and a true romantic every day of the year; not just in the middle of February, a typically frigid month that’s filled with nothing but barren trees for miles. Yet while millions of women across the country are receiving Valentine wishes from their significant others, I have always maintained it’s a hogwash holiday. There I said it, I’m not proud, but I needed to come clean.
This is the time of year when the holidays are over and we long for the color of spring and the warmth of the sun. So if designating a specific day of the year to celebrate LOVE cheers people up – why should I complain? After all Valentine’s Day is good for so many businesses; florists, greeting card companies, candy makers, perfumeries, and liquor companies all benefit from this special day. It’s not bad for restaurants either with couple after couple making reservations for a candlelight dinner for two. Come to think of it, jewelers probably do a brisk business as well. Statistics say that 10% of Americans get engaged on February 14th.
But let’s get back to me, the out and proud romantic who can’t abide by the holiday that celebrates love. In fact, every year I tell my husband, “Do NOT THINK about buying me flowers or a card for Valentine’s Day.” Why? Well, quite simply, everyday is Valentine’s Day with him so there is no need to single out one particular day. Yet hard as he tries to abide by my wishes, my charming-sweep-me-off-my-feet husband has never agreed with my hard and fast rule about this day. One memorable breaking of this rule stands out clearly in my mind. I returned home from work to find a stunning vase of the most beautiful yellow roses and a card with an inscription that said “This is NOT a Valentine’s Card, simply a card to tell you that every day I Love You More.” Awwww…. Yeah, it touched me too. So despite my hard and fast rule about Valentine’s Day, I’m still thrilled to know that as we grow through life together he’ll love me in my old age -- even when my knees are sagging down around my ankles.
I think that’s what makes reading romance so sigh worthy. When the hero and heroine reach their happily ever after we’re not always invited in to see them grow old and gray, but the sentiment that many a man declares to a woman on the page of a romance novel leads me to believe he will love her when her hair is falling out, her teeth aren’t quite as white as they used to be, and she needs scotch tape to hold her face up. Call me a hopeless romantic – but that’s the kind of love that doesn’t need a special day, instead, it’s about the thousands of days you spend together through the ups and downs, the triumphs and sorrows, the children and the in-laws, changing careers, who’s turn it is to take out the garbage, and what the heck you’re going to cook for dinner.
For me, any day someone declares their love is Valentine’s Day and a reason for celebration. So here is my Valentines gift to you the reader, a few of my favorite quotes that belong in a Valentine's Day card.
"I want it to work." Sean turned the full force of his gaze on her. "Because when I first saw you, love, I started to believe in forever."
Jennifer Ashley,Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound Series #2)
"When he reached her, he touched a hand to her face. Smiled. "Important. That's one word. Everything. That's another. Loved," he said, adding the most important word of all. "God, Darcy, you are so loved."
Cindy Gerard To the Brink (Bodyguards Series #3)
Catherine Anderson Comanche Heart (Comanche Series #2)
"She wrapped her arms around his neck and gazed into the face of the man she was going to spend the rest of her life with. "Just promise to love me forever."
"This is one story that's going to have a happy ending," he told her, and he lowered his mouth to hers."
Shannon Stacey Exclusively Yours
How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television