Re: We have no Valentines Day plans - haven't for a long time
My H and I haven't been Valentine's Day people in the past at all. Even almost anti.
But given recent issues and trying for a more romantic and loving vibe (and with our two boys asking what we were going to do to celebrate it), we tried a new tradition:
Home-cooked dinner for all 4 of us - each person pulled a course out of a hat last week and could choose what they wanted (within reason). We had spicy lentil soup for starters, crusted beef fillet and potato bake for mains, celebration iced tea, sparkling grape juice with pomegranate jewels, and then chocolate fondant for dessert and pineapple ice-cream for second dessert. (Mom and Dad also opened a good bottle of red.) We came home early from all our various obligations and all cooked together. (My boys are getting some serious knife skills.)
Then, while we ate, we each listed one thing that we loved about each of the other family members. Parents with no dry eyes. The boys responded so beautifully - my youngest son, afterwards:
"Mom, that made us all feel really good."
"It felt nice to say as well"
"We should do that for ever."
“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
― C.S. Lewis