I have . . . ambivalent feelings. . .about Valentine's Day.
Oh, I partake in the chocolates. And I send a few Valentine cards. But I tend not to like special days that create expectations and pressure. And I especially don't like "holidays" that make people feel bad or lonely or somehow. . . less than.
Valentine's Day is fine . . . when you have a Valentine. But it's pretty darn miserable when you don't. Who needs a special day that celebrates "couple-dom" . . . when it's perfectly acceptable (and often times preferable) to be . . . not a couple! (And don't get me started on how miserable Valentine's Day can be for couples . . . when one member of the couple expects Valentine surprises. . . and one member would rather demonstrate love in other ways. . .)
So, personally, I tend to downplay Valentine's Day. Tom and I usually find fun cards for each other, and we always, Always, ALWAYS buy each other chocolate. But we don't do gifts or go out for a Valentine dinner, and Tom doesn't send me roses. We just decided, together, that we don't need that type of pressure.
But now. . . back to the chocolate! This week, Carole asks us about our Ten Favorite Chocolate Treats. Mine . . . tend to the more basic of the genre:
- Brownies (the chewy kind)
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate sauce on plain vanilla ice cream (or peppermint!)
- Chocolate-covered dried cherries
- Chocolate-covered caramels
- Chocolate malts
- Hershey's Kisses
- Frango chocolate mint candy
- Hot cocoa (with whipped cream)
- Nearly any high-quality chocolate tidbit (because it really does need to be worth the calorie intake!)
Mmmmmm. Now I'm off to raid my new Valentine box of chocolates! Happy Valentine's Day . . . however you do (or don't) celebrate!
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