It all started because Pastor Joel asked me to design an invite to the church Valentines Dinner. I went of course, to Bing for inspirational graphics, and what I found was a ton of great blogging material. Which reminded me…my Valentines blogs last year were wildly popular. (I mean, as compared to my other blogs which, basically, nobody reads.)
Ahhh yes. Valentines Day. It started the day after Christmas. I guess Wal-Mart finds it necessary to display six aisles of pink and red merchandise beginning the 26th of December as a courtesy to all of the men out there who like to plan their romance a full six weeks in advance.
Six weeks is a long time if, for example, you are babysitting someone else’s kids. But it’s not a long time for other things. Like, being engaged. Or being pregnant. Or…well, planning just the right Valentines Day celebration. So, while the bad news is that most of your six weeks is expired, the good news, gentleman, is that I’ve found a few gems for you last-minute planners and there is still time to incorporate them into your epic celebration of all things romantic. Because I know you’ve been stressing about what to do.
Okay, so here’s the first little gem that popped out at me. Show your wife you love her by drawing people hugging on your hand. It’s really a great idea, because all it requires is a gel pen, just the right audience, and a serious lack of sleep and this could win you some serious creativity points. If nothing else, she will love the gel pen.
My second “find” was this touching little poem. The upside: it wouldn’t be hard at all to memorize. You could quote it to your wife on Valentines morning with very little prompting. And if memorization isn’t quite your thing, you could tape it on a card and give it to her with a rose or candy. Apparently, the author of these inspiring words chose to remain anonymous leaving the door wide open for you to take all the credit to be had after your wife recovers from the joy of being loved to bits. If that makes you feel guilty, I bet you could grab that gel pen and write a poem all your own (although it might be hard to match this one for quality and creativity). Then again, if nothing else, she will love the gel pen.
This one I actually don’t recommend. It sounds noble and all, but it was probably written by a bitter wife and repeated by cheap men who were hoping for a cop out. Don’t be one of those cheap men looking for a cop out. Of course we need special days. Otherwise, we don’t have any special days. And if nothing is special, well…what’s the fun in that? Do something special. Like drawing people with a gel pen.
Now things are getting interesting. I mean, what wife doesn’t covet these lovely hearts for her finger nails? What a practical gift. It won’t make her gain weight like candy. It won’t wilt like a flower. It’s cheaper than dinner. You might even offer to have the family help apply them for her–turning it into a great team building experience and cooperative effort. She will be grateful for your thoughtfulness and can enjoy the beautiful results for a full couple of hours before she has to wash a dish or something.
Here’s my final free suggestion: A page of valuable coupons.
Because nothing says “I love you” like a sheet of expired coupons.
Seriously though. The expiration date is only the first clue that this was written by a very, very clever man. A man who liked hearts, pink and purple, and fancy fonts.
I’ll leave the back rub alone I think and jump in to the dishes. Note it doesn’t say, “I’ll do the dishes.” It says, “free get out of dishes.” That leaves a lot of room. Room for the kids to do the dishes. Room for paper plates. Room for the dishes to be left for another day. Yep, he was a very clever man, he was. He used a lot of pink hearts, but he didn’t fool me. He knows a thing or two about getting out of dishes.
Then notice the next one–“free watch what you want and I will watch too.” Very clever here. Very clever. Because he used “watch what you want” and the “Free Video Game Night” to sandwich in “Free Candle Lit Dinner” in the middle of the page where it will never get clipped and used before the impending expiration date. Because what wife has time to watch TV or cares about playing video games? In 34 years, I’ve never heard a single wife complain that her husband won’t play video games with her. Not once.
But I think he was even smarter than that. He made the sheet look like something incredibly sweet and thoughtful, when, in reality, half the coupons were things he would enjoy more than she would. His unsuspecting wife might even find it on the internet and give it to him for Valentines.
Okay, so maybe I’m mistaken about his motives, but I really suspect I’m on to him. Which doesn’t mean you can’t use the coupons. As long as your wife doesn’t read this blog.1
Finally, in addition to all the other ingenious attributes of this sheet, notice that the final offer is a “free night out–dinner and a movie.” Free. That sounds to me like a lap around Costco tasting all the samples and watching cartoons on the giant big screens. If she complains, hey, remind her that you can’t get much for free anymore.
Especially not meaningful Valentines Gifts.
If I haven’t made anything else clear perhaps that is it: Meaningful Valentines gifts are unlikely to be printed off of the World Wide Web. Sorry I couldn’t carry the water for you on this one. But Wal-Mart does have six aisles of merchandise. And Office Depot has great gel pens.
1.She’s the one that showed it to you, didn’t she? Guess the coupons are out. 😦