I’ve been thinking a lot about Valentine’s Day this week, as it looms in the not-so-far-off distance.
I know what you’re thinking. “Why are you thinking about BARF Day, Jill? You hate BARF Day.”
And that would be correct. I really have hated it in the past. Loathed it. Most Love Days were spent lamenting the fact that I was single and alone. One was spent at my dad’s funeral. The day has just never held any warm-and-fuzzy connotations for me. I used to try and rally my single friends to join me in an anti-V-day celebration, but let’s face it… I have no single friends left anymore. It’s just me.
OK, it hasn’t always been that bad. There have often been surprises – treats from my mom, or my friends – to lift my spirits. Last year, it delighted me to no end to find that my friend Stacy’s kids, Maddy and Tanner, had left Kisses and pictures at my door for me. And to be honest, I’ve always kind of enjoyed planning what I was going to do that day to “celebrate”. I played up the fact that I was throwing a pity party for one, when in actuality, I relished the thought of watching my favourite movies and treating myself to my favourite comfort foods.
This year, I can honestly say I’m actually looking forward to it. This could, perhaps, be because of the revelation I’ve had in the past six months, which is that I think I kind of want to be single. I like doing what I want, when I want. I like my routine. I like living alone. For the first time in a long time, I don’t find myself wishing for a man in my life. I’m enjoying the freedom. Imagining it being otherwise kinda almost makes me panicky.
So, by dropping the whole “I hate Valentine’s Day and all the stupid people in love” attitude, I can now look at it as a FUN occasion again, like I did in elementary school.
The problem is this: Ideas keep swirling through my head on how to celebrate, and I just can’t DECIDE!!! Because it’s on a Saturday, I know I have a whole day to fill, and the options are endless!!!
- Because going to the movies is one of my favourite things to do, the obvious choice is to take myself to see 50 Shades of Grey, which will be debuting in theatres next weekend. However, I have the feeling the theatres will be packed – with both armies of single girls and sappy lovey dovey couples – so I think I’d rather wait a few weeks til the hype dies down. Besides, who needs a theatre full of people judging someone who is there ALONE on Valentine’s Day. And their giant extra-buttery popcorn.
- I’ve thought several times that I should take my mom out for dinner. Somewhere nice, a place we don’t normally go to, as a special treat. But again, every Tom, Dick & Harry will be out for dinner that night. We don’t need to get tied up in those masses. (And also, don’t need those judgers again - “It looks like she’s on a date with her mom??”)
- So maybe a nice dinner at home then? Something fun and special, like lasagna or homemade pizza?
- Back to the movies – as we have well established, I love watching movies. So of course, getting some yummy treats and settling in for a movie marathon sounds fabulous to me. I’ve contemplated re-watching the entire Twilight series – spending V-day with Edward? Not too shabby, eh? – but I’m not convinced that’s really what I want to do… I’ve also thought of watching some of my favourite old-school flicks, like I did around this time last year. Funny and cheesey… maybe just what the doctor ordered for a single girl on V-day?
- Of course, getting a little taste of Jimmy is a MUST! I could go back and revisit some of my favourite episodes of The Tonight Show that I have saved on my PVR, or maybe even watch Fever Pitch (again)…
- Another idea I’ve had is this: I’ve been wanting to have my niece and nephew for a sleepover sometime soon, and maybe this would be a fun opportunity to throw a little Valentine’s Day party for them, while giving my sister and BIL a chance to go out sans les enfants? Maybe take them sliding? Have a fun supper? Get them some sweet V-day treats? And of course, watching movies? An extra-special sleepover at Jilly’s? I honestly think this might be my favourite plan of all – but it will all depend on whether or not the kids are free. Knowing my luck, they already have plans.
So, what do you think a single girl (who has decided that maybe she LIKES being single) should do to celebrate V-day? Have you made plans? If so, what are you & your loved ones doing to mark the occasion?