What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day - 02/12/14
As a child I watched my father shower my mother with a dozen, long stemmed red roses every Valentine's Day like clockwork. While she was appreciative, she came to expect it and soon so did I. That's the problem with what's meant to be the most romantic day of the year.
Instead of being pleasantly surprised by thoughtful gestures from our partner in life, many of us are disappointed when our desk is the only one without flowers on it. Truthfully, I would much rather have a full tank of gas and an empty kitchen trashcan, but hey, it's the thought that counts.
Now don't get me wrong, I love heart-shaped boxes of mass-produced chocolates wrapped in red cellophane just as much as the next comfort eater, but making your loved one smile shouldn't cost money. Heart-shaped isn't a substitute for heartfelt.
What do I want from my sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Just some quality time together and a warm, delicious meal we can share. My husband knows the key to my heart, though, isn't an overcrowded restaurant with a prix fixe menu, its steak ... medium rare!
This Friday let's trade in the conversation hearts for face-to-face conversation, let's put away the smartphones and tablets (trust me, I know how hard that is) and just relax with the one we love. You never know, you might just surprise your Valentine! I know mine will be shocked!
Happy Valentine's Day!