C heetos and P izza :
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER
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For the first years of dating and marriage, we went the more traditional route. I would get all dolled up in a fancy red dress, Dave would put on a nice button-up, and we would go out to share a romantic dinner for two. Of course, even with reservations, we’d have to wait at least an hour for a table. During that time in our lives, we didn’t mind waiting. As our responsibilities increased to include raising kids and also running a business, the extent of our patience dwindled a bit. This isn’t to say that we stopped valuing the importance of the holiday sentiment; our approach needed to change to match our more hectic lives. To find a compromise, we found a way to incorporate our traditional festivities with our current schedules and cooked a nice dinner together at home.
It was still special because we were together and had fun. While our approach to Valentine’s Day has morphed over the years, Dave and I recognize how important it is for us to set aside time to
relish the strength, longevity, and wonder of our marriage and just simply enjoy each other’s company outside of work and parenthood. Now rather than giving each other gifts for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas, we plan experiences we can enjoy together. Just this last year, we went wine tasting at several vineyards in Sedona; watched “Elf the Musical”; and sang our hearts out at concerts featuring Sugarland, Def Leppard, and Journey. We had more fun each time! Even though Dave and I will always set aside time to celebrate Valentine’s Day — even if it includes leftover sparkling cider and greasy food — we’ve realized that commemorating the person you love is about so much more than flowers and chocolates. In fact, it’s about much more than making them feel special for one day. It involves figuring out a way to update your traditions to reflect the changes associated with experiencing life together. In the years to come, I’m sure Dave and I will continue to tweak our Valentine’s Day traditions, but even if all we did for this holiday for the rest of our lives was eat Cheetos and pizza, I’d be perfectly content. –Andrea McWhorter
As our business grows and the kids get older and more involved in afterschool sports, our Valentine’s Days have become simpler and more low-key. We still get each other and our kids cards and other traditional Valentine’s day items, but the time to make dinner is gone. Last year, we were so busy that we had leftover pizza, burritos, Cheetos, and sparkling apple cider on our fancy plates and wine glasses.
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