Valentine’s Day – Love it or Lose it?
My perspective on Valentine’s Day now is that of someone married for 36 years. It’s not that I don’t believe in celebrating love, but after this long, we plan to do something on the day after the 14th of February. Flowers are more expensive on that date, restaurants are completely booked, and it can be stressful. We can let it slide a bit. We’ve already had our special February 14ths.
I can remember the thrill of getting a dozen red roses at the office for Valentine’s Day. Going out for dinner, before we had kids and mortgages, when the relationship between the two of us was the central pivot of our lives.
It’s not that the concept of Cupid’s day is a problem, but we’re smug marrieds.
If you’re single, it’s not a celebration for you. Hence, the creation of Galentine’s Day by Leslie Snopes on Parks and Rec. If you’ve lost your loved one, or are in a relationship that isn’t going well, the day can be a painful reminder.
I’m working on another hockey romance, with a couple who eloped on Valentine’s Day. After the marriage broke down, suddenly the 14th of February was a reminder of how wrong they’d been about love and forever.
My heroine in that book comes up with her own way to make the day meaningful again. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she saves up the alimony from her professional hockey player ex and on the 14th of February, donates it all away to charities. It’s a different way to express love to those in need.
Where do you fall on the Valentine’s Day spectrum? Greeting card company ploy to make money? Day to celebrate the most important relationship in your life? Depressing reminder of being single, or maybe a chance to celebrate being single?
About the author:
Kim Findlay lives in Toronto, Canada, with her very handsome husband, two strapping sons, and possibly the world’s cutest spaniel. When she can get time away from her accounting business, Kim can be found traveling, sailing, reading, or writing, depending on the season, time of day, and her energy level. You can find her at kimfindlay.ca, @missheyer74, or on Facebook.
A Valentine’s Proposal
(Cupid’s Crossing #1)
By Kim Findlay
Paperback & ebook, 227 Pages
February 1, 2021 by Harelquin Heartwarming
Their engagement is pretend
Cupid has other plans…
Wedding planner Mariah Van Delton has a plan to save the charming small town of Carter’s Crossing—by turning it into a romance destination! All Mariah needs is a very public Valentine’s Day proposal. And her only option? A fake one between her and the handsome town veterinarian and wedding hater, Nelson Carter. But a little charade between adversaries might just be the start of something undeniably real…ENTER HERE