The year 2012 has been somewhat calamitous regarding the results of my performance on celebrating romantic holidays. I forgot our wedding anniversary in January—and still at this moment cannot remember the date—and then got hammered for not being prepared to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which came on the heels of our wedding anniversary. I guess things came to a head was when I was scheduled out of town on my wife’s birthday, which occurred at the end of February, immediately following Valentine’s Day. It’s simply too much to process so early in a new year. Somehow, even though I’m hoping I can redeem myself by big doings on Sweetish Day, it’ll be too little too late.I’m going to do better in 2013! I’m going to start with Valentine’s Day. I reviewed the mistakes I’ve made in the past and vow to never go there again!
In 2013, I am going to:
- Write my wife a short but heartfelt love letter in longhand, explaining why I love her and the years we have spent together and how I look forward to our future.
- Never again join the other losers frantically shopping what’s left of the large, red candy boxes at the drugstore. I’m going to buy my wife a Valentine present this year, put it away and be prepared to give it to her next year. I don’t know what it will be as yet, but it’ll impress her more than a box of candy.
- Plan out the evening, if not the entire day. I’m going to take a personal day at work and spend it with my wife. If reservations are called for at a restaurant or hotel, I’ll make them well in advance. The day will flow seamlessly from one activity to the other.
- Dress and act appropriately and treat the celebration as a meaningful event. As a celebration of our love, it doesn’t get more meaningful than that.
Yes, I’m going to do all of these things—if I can only remember to remember to do them!