Saying ‘I Love You’ The Old Fashioned Way
Whether you are a believer in whole Valentine’s Day palaver or not, there’s no denying that nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a little thought on this special day. Cupid might have moved with the times and swapped his bow for something more high tech these days, but that doesn’t mean that the old fashioned sentiments don’t mean as much. If anything, they mean more!
How do you plan to spend February 14th? Whether you’re married, attached, cohabiting, single, or somewhere in the middle of all of that, this is a day to love yourself as well as those around you. If you’re single, this is the ideal day to show yourself some TLC, as well as friends and family. If you’re in a relationship or married, it’s also the ideal time to show a little affection to your loved one, when the rest of the year may be a mish-mash of social engagements and work related functions.
Put simply, life moves fast these days, and a lot of the time we’re too distracted to remember the old fashioned values of love.
Many people don’t agree with the commercial nature of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to spend a fortune in showing some affection. Valentine’s Day flowers can be huge bouquets and arrangements that cost a pretty penny, or they can be smaller arrangements that suit a smaller budget; flower really do say ‘I love you’ more than anything, because they are steeped in nature. If you can find out the favourite flower or colour of your loved one than you can personalise your arrangement too, which makes it extra special.
Another old fashioned gesture is a box of chocolates – now, who doesn’t love a box of chocolates? If they’re a gift, all the better! Throw in a bottle of wine and you’ll have a happy partner on your hands.
Perhaps the ultimate gesture is a planned mixture of all three, with a home cooked meal at the same time. Going to a restaurant is all very well and good, but a) they are likely to be super busy on the day itself, b) they’re expensive, and c) how do you know you’re going to enjoy the food? Cooking a meal at home, prepared lovingly and by thinking about your partner’s favourite foods and ingredients, says ‘ I love you’, better than anything else around.
Of course, if you’re single, a night in with a meal or your favourite takeaway, a bottle of wine, some chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, and a hot, bubble bath is the perfect way to practice self-love too. After all, loving yourself is the most important relationship you’ll ever have in your life.