My wife and I aren’t the romantic types. I’m not sure if I’m just bad at the planning and execution or if it’s not all that important to her. Nevertheless, I do put forth a futile effort from time to time.
It all started a couple of weeks ago. She asked for a new printer. Teasingly, I suggested it could be a Valentines’ Day present. She readily agreed — seriously, she did — with the stipulation that it include spare ink cartridges. So, a plan begins to emerge — a good plan!
Step 1: I order the printer and hooked it up last week; it was an arduous task, but that’s a story for a different time.
Step 2: This morning I presented her with a box of her favorite chocolates – Trinidads from Fannie May. Unfortunately, she still had some left from her birthday; maybe she doesn’t like them all that well after all.
Step 3: Tonight I made a special dinner — chicken stir-fry with sweet and sour sauce. (I wonder, if I always make dinner on Thursdays, do I get bonus points for Valentines Day if I was going to make it anyway?) My plan was for a candlelight dinner, but it wasn’t really dark enough for candles and she opted for the more convenient invention, called electric lights. The meal was topped off with Valentine cupcakes that she made this morning.
Step 4: Waiting at her plate was her ink cartridges. She was pleased — at least I think so. Or perhaps she was just amused.
Step 5: To conclude the evening we went and saw the romantic comedy, ” PS I Love You.” I’m okay with chick flicks, but I’ll only give it three stars (out of five). I think my wife was less impressed.
So, the evening is wrapping up. I’m blogging and she’s watching TV. It was a good Valentine’s Day — I think.