That was me in January last year, having recently gone exclusive with my first serious boyfriend. I was admittedly a little panicked.
V-Day had been the annual reminder of my singledom. I had started calling it "Generic Love Day" and gave out chocolate goodies to my friends and family. I was so used to being single on The Holiday of Love and Judgement that I had no idea how I was supposed to share it with a boyfriend.
A week before Valentine's Day while we were cuddled up on a park bench in Hyde Park, Sydney, watching a cop car slowly inch its way up and down the middle path in search of criminals, my then boyfriend (and future husband) made the grave error of indirectly using the L word. It was a good thing I was studying the darkening scenery instead of him because he would have read the horror on my face.
I was silent for a looong time, before I finally warned, "Be careful with that L word."
Still, our Hard Rock Cafe date was going ahead on V-Day the next Friday as planned and I spent the Sunday afternoon writing a card for him while chatting to him on Facebook.
By T-minus 2 days to Valentine's Day, I was bemoaning the L word event to my mother, nestled safely on the lounge in the living room. I confess that my ramblings escape my memory, but suddenly I finished with, "I think I love him!?"
"Sounds like it," agreed my mother.
I wanted to rush off to the interwebs and proclaim my love, but...well. I had 2 days until a special dinner. So I hatched my plan. What better day to return my boyfriend's ardour than Valentine's Day? I grabbed the card from the weekend and clumsily added "love" in front of the words "from Alyce" ("love" was, of course, underlined for emphasis).
But it will always be Generic Love Day to me. :) I'm still spreading the love to family and friends, because I have been very lucky to receive so much love from them. And at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what your relationship status is - V-Day is what you make it.
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.