February 14th : Couch Jumping Day


Valentine’s Day – people either love it or hate it. I used to love it, then I hated it, falling into the spectrum of people stating “love should be celebrated every day.” Then I realized the only reason I don’t like to celebrate the day is because I spend enough money without having to spend more just to say I love you.

It’s not about money, though. It’s simply about spending time with those you love and celebrating your love. You can spend money, or don’t. It’s up to you how you celebrate the day. IF you celebrate it.

This year, my husband and I have decided to celebrate. After years of boycotting it, we’re giving it a shot again. However, he has to work this evening, so we will be doing dinner next week instead. (It’ll be easier to get a table, right?!). We didn’t spend money on each other. In fact, today we exercised together. I absolutely love working out with my husband. Sometimes I think it annoys him because I always talk or make comments during a workout, but, we still have fun. And if you haven’t exercised with your significant other, I highly recommend it. I find it very romantic.

I still remember the first Valentine’s Day we celebrated together. It was 1997 and we were seniors in high school. He surprised me by picking me up from school and in the passenger seat sat a huge teddy bear holding roses. In the center of one of the roses was a heart shaped ring. We went to see Fools Rush In. Maybe we were fools, but it’s 18 years since that Valentine’s Day and we feel like we’re dating again. It’s amazing.
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(Me and hubby at a wedding in 2014)

If you’ve read Early Bird Special, you see I dedicate the short story to My Blue Light Special. My husband and I met at Kmart. Yes, Kmart. That summer day I was out with my cousin and I saw him. He was H-O-T. I approached him, we chatted, and before my cousin and I left the store, I told him I thought he was cute, and asked for his phone number. That was the summer of 1996. The rest, they say, is history.

You should celebrate your love with your significant other, and your children, and your family and friends as a whole, every single day. However, don’t rain on the parade of the people who do want to take one day a year to jump on a couch like Tom Cruise and shout their love to the world!


I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and every other day as well.