LOVE IS IN THE AIR
DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY AND MY WIFE’S BIRTHDAY
“THERE’S NEVER A WRONG TIME TO GO OUT FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER OR PAY YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AN UNPROMPTED COMPLIMENT.”
February is finally here, and most of us have our attention focused on the month’s most popular day: Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day can sometimes get complicated in my house since my wife’s birthday falls two days after the holiday. Occasionally, it will turn into a weekend event, but more often than not, one of the days takes precedence over the other. Usually, my wife’s birthday gets the bulk of the attention since I feel you should already be doing everything you do for Valentine’s Day throughout the year. There’s never a wrong time to go out for a romantic dinner or pay your significant other an unprompted compliment. That doesn’t mean that our Valentine’s Days are uneventful, though. Some have been pretty memorable. Valentine’s Day was a little more important when my wife and I were first dating. There was more than one occasion where I tried to go big. I tried to make some of the traditional Valentine’s gestures when we first started living together. I did everything I could to make it as romantic as possible. I prepared a really nice dinner for her, set up a bubble bath with wine included, and even created a pathway to the bathtub made out of rose petals so she could unwind and relax as soon as she got home. I was able to woo her over the top that Valentine’s Day, and it provided me with the confidence I needed to ask her to marry me. Since we got married, our Valentine’s traditions have fallen by the wayside. We’ve had kids in the house for the past 20 years, and we’ve tried our hardest to make the holiday more about them. We’ll make a special meal or set the table in a specific manner to make Valentine’s Day more memorable for them. I’ll still try to get my wife flowers and a card that expresses everything that I might not say on a daily basis. Things may get more romantic once the kids are out of the house.
her. I’m not the most romantic guy, but I do surprise her sometimes. I have learned over the past 22 years that she especially likes it when I give her positive feedback and reinforcement. Whether it’s “You look great today!” or “Dinner was delicious,” I know I still don’t do this enough. We are always changing and growing in our relationships, and it’s our responsibility to understand what our significant other needs at different points in time. Sometimes, this takes the form of going on a trip. Whenever we plan to go somewhere, I try to pick somewhere new rather than visit the same destinations over and over again. I want to ensure we have a memorable time doing something different. We recently took a trip to the Monterey area to get away and unwind for a weekend. We ate at the Pebble Beach Golf Course, went to the beach and watched the seals, and just enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the area. It was a nice little getaway that we both desperately needed. It gave us a moment to decompress and relax. I know my wife and I will have a great time spending Valentine’s Day and her birthday together. I hope that you all can enjoy a fantastic Valentine’s Day with your significant other!
I’m trying to get better at expressing my appreciation and love for my wife on a regular basis. She means the world to me, and I want to show that to
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