Let’s face it, there was once a time when all you could think about was love, roses and endless ornate situations you could plan for the person you spent daydreaming about. Flash forward marriage, mortgages and a few children and the traditional Valentines day hoopla seems to all blur out with the never-ending loads of laundry and carpooling to and from playdates with the littles.
Who actually has time for romance, right?
Something’s gotta give, perhaps in the chaos of things reality can take presidence to the oversaturated pink and red holiday the media refers to as ‘the day of LOVE.’ Maybe the term love is just that – a term and is instead found in all of the things that are not covered in hearts and flowers and simplified to just the basics.
This Valentines Day I urge you to look at YOUR reality and make sure that the one you love knows exactly why you appreciate them because after having children February 14th looks more like the following statements:
I wouldn't say I'm unpleasant, but I would say my husband bought me a cactus for Valentine's Day and I was not surprised.
— Northern Lights 🦖 (@PinkCamoTO) February 8, 2017
I bring my kids to a romantic restaurant on Valentine's day as a birth control reminder to the other couples.
— Marlebean (@Marlebean) February 11, 2015
Planning a hot Valentine's Day where I'll give husband one of 6yo's leftover Avengers cards, SpongeBob chocolates & his choice on Netflix.
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) February 10, 2016
Valentine panic pre kids- I forgot to chill the champagne.
Valentine panic post kids-I have 3 dozen cupcakes to ice and no champagne left.
— Jennifer Lizza (@outsmartedmommy) February 13, 2015
Wishful Parenting Talk on Valentine's Day: "We got a babysitter!"
Likely Parenting Talk on Valentine's Day: "The babysitter cancelled."
— Chris Cate (@ParentNormal) February 14, 2015
These seem pretty accurate. Happy Valentines Day!