Friday, 14 February 2014

I like Valentine's Day. There... I said it!

I know Valentine's Day is supposed to be all tacky and commercialised and sickly and just another excuse for those card manufacturers and chocolate companies and florists to squeeze us for yet more cash...but I like it. You know me, I like a celebration. I like an occasion, especially with a theme.

And why not celebrate love? Romantic love, familial love, friendship. Aren't these the most important things in life? Aren't they things we forget about when we are stressed and busy? Why not snuggle up on the sofa with a bottle of something and a massive box of chocolates and a trashy movie? Why not make cards with the kids and have red, heart-shaped sweets and biscuits and cakes?

The most important thing to children's happiness is not toys, theme parks and telly. It is feeling loved. And if we admit it, it is the most important thing to most adults too. You can be feminist AND romantic. So embrace St Valentine's Day! We will all be curling up on this windy, rainy afternoon and watching Gnomeo and Juliet. Classy :)


  1. I was on a teaching course today observing twelve 8 year olds discussing what 'values' are. They had to pick one out of the school's 22 'values' as the most important and justify their reason. Many children chose 'love' and one articulate girl described how some people do not get enough love and are unable to love other people back. Without love where would we be? - was her gist!

  2. Well I'm happy to hear that the concept of love has resonance for 8 year olds - sounds like a mature kid who can recognise how our own experiences influence how we relate to others...