09 Feb
Valentine’s Day Sucks

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

Am I an asshole if I hate Valentine’s Day? I don’t like being forced to get cards and gifts for my husband and kids just to tell them I love them. They already know I do because I tell them 100 times a day. Is it OK to just opt-out?

Signed,

Scrooge of Hearts

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Dear Scrooge of Hearts,

Here’s the problem with Valentine’s Day.   When you’re single, you feel like a big fat loser at your desk as the delivery men march into your workplace to deliver enormous vases of red long stem roses to every one of your co-workers. Everyone, of course, except you.

When you’re newly dating someone, the day is a major source of anxiety because you don’t want to give too much or too little. If you buy him a pair of boxers, he’s bound to surprise you with a three day getaway to Punta Cana. If you show up at his apartment, naked except for a trench coat with tickets to the Super Bowl in your teeth, he’ll give you a card that says, “I think you’re sort of cool.”

And once you’re married, it’s just a fortune to hire a babysitter and go out for a big fancy dinner where you can’t even order what you want because it’s a special Valentine’s Day three course price fixed menu.

So I get it. Valentine’s Day is stupid. But you know what, love isn’t. And if you’re one of those lucky ones who has found a soul mate, then give that person a card… if only to remind him for the 101st time that day that you love him. As for your kids – skip the cards and go out for some “Valentine’s Day” ice cream.   Because nothing says I love you like a mint chocolate chip double fudge sundae with extra sprinkles.

Happy Vale– Oh never mind.

Love,

Kelcey, TMH

31 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Sucks”

02.09.11#1

Comment by Ashley.

I think people who don’t want to celebrate Valentines Day are just lazy. That’s why I’m lagging anyway. And enough with this B.S. about it being a commercial holiday. What’s wrong with celebrating love? Just give your Hubby some booty and call it a day. And make the kids some heart shaped pancakes. A little extra effort goes a long way.

P.S. This pep talk is completely self-motivating.

Mandy Reply:

Can we be best friends, Ashley?? I love Valentine’s Day but it just makes everybody bitter. What’s so wrong with remembering those you love sometimes? And I’m not just talking about significant others. Everybody has people who love them.

Ashley Reply:

Yes! Let’s be friends!

NZ Reply:

But I just gave him some for his birthday. And next week he expects to give me some for my birthday. February is tiresome around here with too much obligatory booty.

Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole Reply:

Hahahaha!

marathonmom Reply:

February + 9 months = Awww hell, that is way to close to Christmas.

I'm a big ol' b with a captial B! Reply:

I understand that if you get jiggy with it between the 14th and the 18th you’ll have a chance of an 11/11/11 due date……

Doesn’t that entice you?

No? Me neither. 🙂

Ashley Reply:

Hahaha! That is too funny! That is a lot of booty. How about some beer and a get out of jail free card which doesn’t include any situation where he actually breaks the law. Lol.

02.09.11#2

Comment by Jen.

Amen. Just think of it as excuse to tell them you love them with a theme: red and pink hearts and naked angel babies. What’s not to love about that?

02.09.11#3

Comment by From Belgium.

Home-made chocolate chip cookies are the answer for everything!

02.09.11#4

Comment by Plano Mom.

It’s not about the cards. It’s not about the flowers, or anything else. It’s about taking the extra time to show someone that they are special to you, even when they already know that. Extra nookie aside, it doesn’t take too much to do something a little different for someone you love. There’s already several ideas, but what about simple paper hearts at the breakfast table, or a note in the kids’ lunch which says you think they are cool?

02.09.11#5

Comment by Heather, TMH.

Valentine’s Day: a chance to make up for the other 364 days of taking loved ones for granted.

02.09.11#6

Comment by hokgardner.

I’d like Valentine’s day a whole lot more if it didn’t involve mandatory celebrations at my kids’ schools. I have four, and they each have to give cards to all of their classmates – which means we will spend all weekend making upwards of 80 cards. And while my younger two are happy with store-bought cards, my older two insist on making their own. My kitchen is going to be covered in glitter and glue for weeks.

Bah humbug.

02.09.11#7

Comment by Wendi.

I actually like VDay because it gives me an excuse to wear my Homer Simpson heart boxers all day.

annie Reply:

I have the matching bra – wanna borrow it?

02.09.11#8

Comment by amourningmom.

Ice cream is almost always the best solution.

GrandeMocha Reply:

Ice cream solves everything! And donuts! And sprinkles!

02.09.11#9

Comment by annie.

When I saw this title I thought you were going to be single – because I totally get that single person V-day angst. Flowers for co-workers but not you sucks the big one!

But, you’re just trying be lazy. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell them you love them, if you skip them on valentine’s day, they’ll feel like crap.

Take is as another day to really let them know how much you love them. Even in the tiniest ways it’s appreciated. You never know what the new year brings. Appreciate them!

02.09.11#10

Comment by Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole.

I’m with the “you’re just being grumpy and lazy” camp. Seriously, how hard is it? Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the kids’ sandwiches and surprise them with cookies. No biggee.

The school cards can be a overwhelming, but I think of them as homework they actually enjoy doing…they’re writing and creating, right?

02.09.11#11

Comment by AnnieD.

I am completely with the letter writer on this one. My husband and I have never exchanged gifts on Valentine’s day, even when we were dating. It is just another day at our house. And not because we are lazy or grumpy, we just have never done it. As for our kids, my oldest son’s birthday is just a few days later so we do ice cream on that day. They can celebrate at school all they want, but we don’t do anything at home. We also don’t do anything for St. Patricks Day or Flag day or MLK Jr day. Yes they are holidays, that doesn’t mean we have to do anything special. Your husband will probably be thrilled if you tell him he doesn’t have to get you a card.

02.09.11#12

Comment by I'm a big ol' b with a captial B!.

Oh quit being a bah-humbug! It’s not about going out to buy things or what you get, it’s simply about having fun with the day and enjoying yourself! Make the cookies (extra points if they have pink/red/white m&ms) and see the kids faces light up. Surprise DH with tickets you’d BOTH like to go see and LOOK! You made a date night for the future out of it, too. Can’t complain about that!

Smile, lighten up a bit and get into the spirit. Sheesh!

02.09.11#13

Comment by JubanMama.

Listen, you allz.

My BIRTHDAY is on Valentine’s Day. Know what sucks? Going 26 years without a Valentine. I actually left the country for my 23rd birthday because all my friends had someone and I didn’t and I couldn’t stand it.

Once I met my husband – the one and only Valentine I’ve ever had in my life – the issue became how to separate my birthday from this massive holiday where EVERYone goes out to dinner and EVERYone gets chocolates and flowers. On my 31st birthday everyone in my office got their flowers; guess whose got lost in the shuffle? Mine. Do you know how embarrassing it is to be married AND it’s your birthday yet you’re the only lady at the office with no flowers?

Now that we have a kid the issue is finding a single friend who doesn’t mind babysitting, because our regular sitter charges extra on “holidays.” Not that it matters because my husband has to work and the friend who is babysitting for us just got a job on Monday nights, so we’re doing my birthday dinner on Sunday the 13th. My husband will probably end up being forced to work late on the 14th anyway.

Thankfully, my favorite color is red or else Valentine’s Day would REALLY blow.

Karin Reply:

I have a way to celebrate you b-day and it’s the complete opposite of what I did growing up (as my b-day is the week before school started and no one was ever home): Go out for my b-day in August (my b-day is actually Aug 14th). I used to have my b-day parties in February.

JubanMama Reply:

I like that. And it goes with the half-birthday cards my mother STILL sends me.

N and Em's mom Reply:

Happy Birthday! My birthday is on valentines day, too. I tried to go out to eat for my 40th and ended up at McDonald’s at 9:00pm. Maybe we should start a club for people with sucky birthdays- Christmas eve and day(Jesus always gets the big party), New Years Eve (drunk people) New Years day (hungover people), Halloween and Independence day. Did I miss any sucky birthday?

02.09.11#14

Comment by amy.

My favorite 3 Valentines Days were with a certain guy I was dating in my teens. Every year he managed to surprise me with something 🙂 It was fun.

Married as long as I have been Hubby and I will do a nice dinner NOT on V-Day but before or after when our favorite place is not jam packed. Love surprising the kids with gifties on the 24th though!

Ugh, hate that office competition crap though and am glad I never had to experience it. So clique anyway to send stuff to work. Reminds me of high school.

02.09.11#15

Comment by amy.

Ahem, make that the FOURTEENTH! 🙂

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02.13.13#19

Comment by Girl.

1. Valentine’s day is a stupid, over-hyped holiday with cheesy everything and terrible decorations.

2. quit your sour facing. trust me it could be worse, like your birthday happens to be on this stupid day.

3. my birthday is on this stupid day. :/

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