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What's Going On Here?

By: Cass Kanevil

Date Posted: 2000-02-12

Valentine's Day is just about upon us. Are you prepared? Do you have something planned for your loved one(s)? If you are apart from your one and only, hopefully you've already mailed out your card along with a heartfelt poem or some other expression of hopeless love and devotion. Perhaps you're going to have flowers delivered and you've already made all of the necessary preparations for that.

Or do you have something completely different in mind this year? Is there something red and lacy wrapped up and hiding under the bed waiting for the day to present it, or have you already made your dinner reservations at a special restaurant (good luck finding a babysitter!)?

If you have already taken care of the Valentine's Day extravaganza, then CONGRATULATIONS! If you're one of those people that think this holiday is unimportant, just plain silly and you haven't a desire in the world to acknowledge your loved one during one of the only days of the year devoted to CELEBRATING YOUR LOVE, then I say to you - get off your butt and do it anyway!

You don't even have to spend money. Plan on making a special dinner. Have a Johnny Gill CD already popped in the CD player for an evening of candlelit seduction after the kids go to bed. Any amount of extra effort will show your spouse that you at least remembered the day (Monday, February 14th) and want to show you care.

If you are a family that has a military spouse gone a large portion of the time, then it's so much more important to remember to show your love when you're together, and even more on all specified holidays, together or apart. Wives, how about shedding those oversized sweatpants, slippers, and the stained, greasy T-shirt, so as to dress up for Valentine's day? Maybe add some make-up??? Guys, when you get home, take off the bdu's and ripped, smelly underwear and put on something clean, that matches, and doesn't have holes.

Of course, I'm not expert at romance, but it seems to me that that is a positive first step. Then just spend time together. Don't go to your computer, fix the car, gab on the phone or worship the t.v.. Talk! Have sex! Cook dinner! Do something, ANYTHING, together! Maybe you'll find your spouse so interesting and great to be around that just one day out of the year isn't enough for you to get your fill.

I love Valentine's Day. I love wondering all day what my spouse has planned for me and being excited at the surprises I've got for him. I'm lucky he's never forgotten the day (wait, maybe it's he that's lucky he's never forgotten the day). We haven't been able to spend too many Valentine's Days together, but even when we're apart, he's always remembered to plan in advance and had some kind of surprise for me, and our daughter. It makes us feel good and helps ease the tension of the separations.

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