Valentine's Day may be the most controversial holiday there is. I'm sure it's not, but let's go with it. Some people look forward to the day like it's Christmas morning, and some people dread it like it's the plague. Everyone is different, but history states you love the holiday if you have a significant other and scoff at "single awareness day" if you're single. I completely get both sides and personally have never been a big fan of the holiday. I absolutely loved it as a kid because of course school parties are a blast, and it was fun to give little valentines to your classmates. As an adult, I can do without it.
I love celebrating love. It's a beautiful thing to have someone you love and care about. Marriage is a beautiful thing. Parker and I used to joke that every night as a young married couple is date night. To an extent, that's true. We don't have kids, so if he isn't flying or studying, it really is date night. We aren't at a stage in our life where we need a national holiday to tell us it's okay to go out to dinner. When we have a brood of Phelplets running around, I may be counting down to Valentine's Day and a chance to get out of the house with Parker. For now, I'm good.
Probably the biggest reason I don't care too much about the holiday is that it happens to fall on my birthday. My twin sister and I were Valentine's babies, so Valentine's Day is always a really fun day for us. We get to have a birthday! Like I mentioned above, we loved it as kids because we had class parties on our birthday. That was pretty hard to beat! We never cared if we had a boyfriend in middle school or high school on Valentine's Day because it was our birthday. We were celebrating regardless!
It's funny, because when people find out my birthday is on Valentine's Day, they either think Parker won the lottery or drew the worst poker hand of all. Some think it's a terrible fate for Parker since he has to make it twice as special, and others think he gets off easy because he gets it all out of the way in one day. Here's the truth: Parker and I feel the same way about Valentine's Day. It's not really a real holiday in our eyes. Will I have little chocolates and a stuffed toy waiting for Parker and Jenny on Valentine's Day morning? Sure I will, but that's really the extent of the love celebrating. I've got some turning 25 to do instead!
Just for fun, here's a little throwback from Valentine's Day/my birthday circa 2010.
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