After Andrew went to bed last night, I braved the sudden on-set of cold weather (with the wind chill, it had gotten down to -24ºC by the time) and made my way to the only store that was still open after midnight in Kingston. It was officially Valentine’s Day, and my plan was for Andrew to wake up to flowers, chocolate and his card sitting by the coffee maker. Though I myself aren’t one for over-the-top romantic gestures, I know my husband is, and I wanted him to start the day in a good mood.
Though it’s our second Valentine’s Day as a married couple, it’s the first one we’re celebrating in Kingston. Last year consisted of staying in for the evening and watching television, so it made sense for us to plan a night out tonight. Of course, the weather is still close to -20º, so we’ll see how long we actually stay out for.
Despite my usual reservations about the holiday itself – I, for one, don’t see the need to have a day dedicated to showing your partner how much you love them when you should just do it every day – I can’t help but always be in a good mood when it’s Valentine’s Day, and I can see all the love in the air around me. As cliché as that may sound, it rings true more than ever for me this year. After many Valentine’s Days spent in a separate country from Andrew and a rather low-key one last year, this year’s has left me excited.