Today is Valentine’s Day* and I am thinking of Arthur the aardvark. Yes, that Arthur. Every year around Valentine’s Day, I am always reminded of a particular episode of the Arthur television series when the gang has the post-holidays blues. The episode begins with the group sitting in some sort of diner, their chins slumped into their hands, elbows resting between milkshakes, mourning the end of the holidays when one friend (I forget who) realizes that Valentine’s Day is only days away. I forget, admittedly, the details of this episode, but I remember their scramble to properly celebrate Valentine’s Day – creating Valentines for friends, heart-shaped decorations, etc. They realize that Valentine’s Day is a perfectly timed holiday; right when you’re really feeling that post-holiday lull (we’ve all felt it right. Aren’t we all a bit cranky this time of year? I know I am) – you get another holiday; an excuse to be festive and to be nice to each other (Hey, what a wonderful kind of day, if we can learn to work and play, and get along with each other! – thanks Ziggy).
I won’t play dumb, lots of people hate Valentine’s Day. I can’t say I always have the best Valentine’s Day, but I do always like the festiveness around it (this does not include Facebook bragging of relationships, but rather the in-person generosities that Valentine’s Day can bring out in some people). I always got Valentines from my parents, doled out those Valentines you’d buy in CVS to friends – the ones with the latest and greatest TV craze (Spongebob, Rugrats, whatever), and over indulge in chocolate. I have always liked the festive spirit around Valentine’s Day. It’s an excuse to wear pink or to paint little hearts on your nails, or do whatever you do. I always tried to look ~romantic on Valentine’s Day – maybe I’d twist back part of my hair and stick a false flower in my hair tie, or wear some sort of gauzy shirt (gauzy always makes me think of romance, couldn’t quite tell you why). I like being festive, and I like any excuse to be festive – just like the Arthur kids.
So if you have a Valentine or not, join me in eating lots of chocolate today, being a little festive (I might not be wearing any pink today but I honestly couldn’t resist some pink lipstick), and hanging with ones you love: for me, today, that means friends, happy hour and a (large and cheesy) pile of nachos.
*According to my blog archives, which I comb through more than I should let on, I have blogged on or about Valentine’s Day every year since I’ve had this blog, so I didn’t want to leave today hanging.