A Billet Mom Looks Back on Valentine’s Day
Here we go, one of those, when I was young I used to stories. When I was going to school Valentine’s Day meant everything to me. We looked forward to that day and it was very special. We got to wear red, white or pink, eat special treats like chocolate cupcakes with lots and lots of pink icing or heart shaped cookies with icing. I would give
my teacher a special Valentine’s Day Card along with each of my classmates. Cards were usually reserved for all your female friends. If you happened to like a certain boy in your class this was the perfect opportunity to let him know by giving him a card. I remember one year giving a special guy a card and yes, he gave me one in return. We usually had to make our own cards as there just wasn’t money to buy cards. My Dad always said “why spend money on something you are just going to throw away?” We would spend hours making our own special cards for all those special friends. I loved Valentine’s Day and the only time it upset me was when the day came on the weekend and we weren’t in school.
In my early teens it was the day of love! As I got older Valentin’s Day became something very different to me. It wasn’t special it was just like any other day. To me it wasn’t just about that day for letting someone know how much you loved them it was about being like that each and every day.
A Billet Mom’s Valentine’s Day
As a Billet Mom I helped more than one player decide what to purchase for his girlfriend. They would be so excited planning what gift or gifts to buy their special girl. I even remember collecting construction paper, paper, coloured pencils, markers, tape, glue and scissors so that two of my Billet Sons could make their girlfriends a card. What fun they had! Making your own gift just makes giving it that much more special. Most love the fact that you took time to make something just for them. Here are some suggestions for making do it yourself gifts for Him and for Her. How about these Do It Yourself Valentine’s Gifts that are Romantic and From the Heart.
To make it a day to remember why not prepare dinner for them or make their favourite cupcakes? How about a batch of yummy cookies. Here is a recipe for Cranberry Lemon Cookies that you can cut into heart shapes. Put into a heart shaped tin and give to your special someone.
Some went way overboard and bought jewelry, long stemmed roses, chocolates and a cute plush teddy bear. They also took them out for dinner and purchased a very expensive Valentine’s Day card. I had Billet Sons who decided to just give her a card, and flowers. If the boys only knew the girl was happy with anything they got and they really didn’t need to spend a lot of money to prove it. There are many ways to make someone feel special and here are some suggestions.
Retail Loves Valentine’s Day
This is one of the biggest days for the retail business. They make mega dollars. I don’t begrudge anyone enjoying and celebrating the day. However, I do not like that retail gouges people on flowers for this special occasion and restaurants put their prices up on this day. I hear more and more people talking about not celebrating it anymore because it is just a rip off! Believe me, I have to agree. I hate seeing some poor young guy spending all his hard earned money on a bouquet of roses that won’t likely last more than a few days. Read this interesting article about Valentine’s Day in Canada.
Flowers are Embarrassing for this Billet Mom
I remember this embarrassing moment well and I still get goosebumps and blush every time I think of it. I was standing at the sink getting the veggies ready for dinner when one of my billet sons came home. He came right into the kitchen, as they always did when they got home and asked me “what I did for Valentine’s Day?” “Oh nothing,” I replied “we don’t do anything special.” I went on and on about how we didn’t celebrate it as it wan’t any different than any other day to us I continued on my rant by saying “I told JP (my husband) not to waste money on flowers as they where far too costly and they died in a couple of days anyway.” I continued on with “I don’t really care about Valentine’s Day anyway, it just doesn’t mean anything to us.” At that exact moment he brought out from behind his back a beautiful bouquet of mixed flowers and said to me “then I guess you won’t want these.” I almost dropped the knife I was holding and could have crawled into a hole. Was I ever embarrassed and I had to do a lot of back tracking of what I had said and eat crow that night.
If you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day then go for it. Just remember that the day of love just doesn’t come on February 14th but should be celebrated each and every day. Everyone needs to take time out each day to tell at least one person they love them. Spread the Love but not just on Valentine’s Day!