I was in a supermarket last week and it took me a few minutes to work out why the store in question was promoting boxes of chocolates so heavily – St Valentine’s day.
I’m probably going to sound like an old bore, but my wife and I no longer buy each other gifts or send each other cards at this time of year. It’s not that we’ve fallen out or that the ‘magic’ has gone, we just feel that, with four kids, there are other things we could be spending our money on.
We do buy each other gifts at other points in the year – my other half loves flowers and I like to buy them for her, I’d just rather do it when she is least expects it rather than because card shops or florists are telling me I should.
I’m not knocking February 14th altogether – for younger couples or those who have recently started dating, it can be a special time. It’s just that, for an old married couple of 8 years, it’s not as high on our list of priorities as it once was.