I have friend who will text me today and ask,

“What are you getting for your wife tomorrow?”

It’s a little game we play.

She knows we do nothing special on Valentine’s Day.  


Americans will spend over 19 Billion dollars

for Valentine’s Day.

It’s a testament to the combined power

of marketing,


and guilt.  


Marketers show us how

shiny objects given in long slender boxes,

a perfect dinner experience capped with a ring,

a card of carefully chosen words,

equals love.


Expectation is built as the day comes near --

Will he or won’t he?

Will she or won’t she?

Is this the magic year?


And guilt, guilt for the lover who is expected to bring,

flowers, chocolates, and a diamond ring.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for special occasions

but there’s more to love than meeting expectations.