On Valentine’s Day you make a special effort to love and cherish all the people in your life who mean the most. The longer you’re with someone, the more those displays of affection tend to evolve over time – especially with regards to this holiday. I’ve been married to the same man for almost twenty years, and have noticed several Valentine’s Day changes that have happened for us during that time….
When presented with a heart-shaped box of chocolates:
At 20: “Aw, that’s so sweet!!” And then you spend the rest of the night feeding each other chocolate and making out like Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in the movie Chocolat.
At 40: “Aw, just what I always wanted – a larger size pair of pants.” And then you spend the rest of the night trying to force feed your kids chocolate so you minimize the inevitable caloric damage from your chocolate-fueled binge at 2am.
When presented with flowers:
At 20: The sight of the large bouquet of roses makes you feel loved…. and a little horny.
At 40: The sight of the large bouquet of roses makes you wish he had spent the $75 on a babysitter and booze instead.
When looking for a Valentine’s Day card:
At 20: There are too many to choose from – you spend several minutes trying to decide between the five cards you think best represents your unwavering love and devotion.
At 40: You stare dumbfounded at the cards for 20 minutes because you can’t seem to find one that says, “There are some guys who fart in bed, and scratch their balls in public – I love you because you’re not one of them.”
In preparation for your Valentine’s Day date:
At 20: You make a special trip to Victoria’s Secret to pick out some sexy lingerie. Then you create a romantic iPod playlist that will provide the soundtrack to your night of passionate love making – Marvin Gaye? Check!
At 40: You decide to go all out – you shave your legs AND wax your mustache. Nothing’s too good for your man!
Things he does that gets you in the mood:
At 20: He spends the day teasing you with soft caresses and fleeting kisses, and then recreates the secret fantasy you once felt brave enough to share with him – tonight is going to be Fifty Shades of RED HOT!!
At 40: You wake up in the morning and discover that he has cleaned the kitchen, including the sink full of dirty dishes you were dreading having to wash. You haven’t felt this turned-on since the night he put the kids to bed and took out the garbage without being asked.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!