I have to tell you guys, I had the best time reading your Valentine’s Day stories for the Valentine’s Day Giveaway. You had me laughing AND tearing up- I’m so impressed!
More than anything, you fabulous gals reminded me that it’s a holiday about LOVE- romantic or not- so cheers to that! I thought I’d share my favorite stories with everyone, so here’s the good, the bad and the hilarious:
Margaret L- My best Valentine's Day was when my boyfriend surprised me with homemade fortune cookies (my jaw practically dropped when I found out he baked them), each one having a special note inside.
Hannah Colclazier - When I was 20 I studied abroad in France. When Valentine's Day rolled around, two of my girlfriends and I decided to hop on a train and just pick a place to go for the day. We ended up in Vichy, France which is a gorgeous old spa town. We we to the local fromagerie (cheese store), bought fresh baguettes and went to a restaurant for some champagne. I still have the photo of us framed in my apartment. Although all three of us are now in happy relationships and living in Washington DC, Chicago, and Oklahoma City, we always call eachother on Valentine's Day! It's still my favorite one!
Laura Hammond - Sometimes a single girl needs to take Valentine's day into her own hands to make it special! I was recently single and although disappointed I didn't have a partner to celebrate with so my girlfriends and I made it special for eachother. The day started with brunch and shopping. A friend dropped off a bottle of red wine and chocolate as a Valentine's suprise. The evening included a group of great gals getting together to eat gourmet grilled cheese and home made sweet potatoe fries, good red wine and dark chocolate for dessert while watching The Devil Wears Prada. It was the perfect day full of laughs, hugs, old stories and new memories. As one of my favorite Sex and the City Quotes goes:
" maybe we could be each others soul mates. And then we could just let men be just these great nice guys to have fun with."
This line is certainly true in my group of friends, the best Valentine's dates ever
Kristin S - My best? About 10 years ago a friend's husband organized an amazing night for a bunch of us single women. They hosted us at their home. Her husband and sons served a formal dinner to us and then disappeared while we had fun, girlie conversation. After dinner we all moved to the living room where we watched chick flicks, gave each other massages and pedis, wrote letters to my friend's nephew serving with the military in the Middle East, and just had fun girl time.
As a single woman, this was a great way to redeem a "holiday" that feels like and in-your-face slam that you are ALONE. :-) I'll never forget that night. I felt valued and appreciated and not invisible. It was also a great example to her sons by her husband of how to treat women well.
Stefanie Marsh- My best Valentine memory was when I was 8 yrs old and my dad gotme a single red rose. He is not an overly affectionate person and it meant the world to me to receive that. I am now 31 yrs old and still remember that rose from him as being one of the most genuine i have received.
Connie Meulemans -Worst Valentines Day was my freshman year in college. The guy I was dating broke up with me the day before, then sent me flowers having me think maybe he was rethinking his decision, by writing on the note, "so sorry see you later?". So later there was a band on campus I go and what do I see...him with another woman! Guess he wanted to make sure his message was crystal clear. Totally craptastic night :(
Sarah Nixon-Miller - My WORST Valentine's Day was when I went out on a date with this guy that I had been crushing over and he showed up wearing his Father's suit...it was an old, stuffy suit, with patches on the elbows to boot! It turns out this guy had zero experience in the dating department and was trying his best, which only made me feel bad for him. He took me to this expensive restaurant and ordered salmon bisque off the menu (which in my books reall means salmon soup - yuck!) and I asked him if he knew what it was. He claimed he did, only to have it arrive and for him to be disgusted by it. The restaurant was very private and dim, great for a romantic couple, not so great for a first date - AWKWARD! When the bill arrived he actually asked me how much tip he should leave by telling me the amount of the bill...what a total first date faux pas...I appreciated him footing the bill, but did he have to not-so-discreetly drop the bomb on the bill amount? $150 for a first date meal did seem a bit much, but he picked the restaurant. We ended up having a short term relationship after that and he turned out to be a wonderful person, just didn't have much sense in the dating department, poor fella!
Jody Slesser - I had been dating a guy for a couple months and I was very excited to have a Valentine's Day date because I had been single for years! My thoughts about the guy was that he was nice but a little 'all about himself'. Apparently he waited until the most lovey dovey day of the year to show me his true colours. Let's call him 'Dave'.
Dave and I decided we would go out for dinner on Valentine's Day and then just hang out and watch a movie. I get a text in the afternoon from Dave to say that he will be a bit late because he has to go get his hair cut. Well after the longest hair cut ever, he comes strolling into my apartment at 9 pm like it's okay. He doesn't even come in with as little as a Valentine's Day card. I let it slide but I was upset.
We sat around and chatted for a bit and then decided to go get some munchies at the convenience store and get a movie. We get to the movie store and I had absolutetly no say in what movie we got. Everything I suggested (not even chick-flicks) was 'dumb'. *Sigh* Next we move on to the convenience store. He ran in to grab snacks quick and came out with chocolate milk and ice cream. I'm lactose intolerant. By that point there was no way I was letting someone treat me like I'm inferior and don't matter.
I took the movie and walked in ahead of him to my apartment to ensure I had time to lock him out :)
Colette Lynch - I reallllly liked this guy I had met online, but things had been sort of shady right from the get go. Basically this man had a flashing light over his head telling me to walk away, quickly.
I've never been great at reading signs, maybe I need glasses, but he was getting extra chances everywhere, and so really I can only blame myself??
We made plans for Valentines day, he would cook me dinner, I would bring wine. Really casual, no fancy dinner reservations, and certainly no gifts. Seems harmless enough right? Well in response to his "sometime around 7pm" vague text message I left my house close to 6. I texted him for his address, no answer. I called him for his address. No answer. I kept driving. Wondering if maybe he was in the shower, had popped out for an ingredient he had forgotten... I got all the way to his neighbourhood. A full hours drive, before I realized I was getting the official blow off. Ouch.
Thank goodness it was during the Olympics. I turned my car back around and went to meet girlfriends for what turned out to be one of the best nights of my life. We met Olympic hockey broadcasters at the bar in the Sutton Place Hotel, saw awesome fireworks at the BC Pavillion, partied the night away at the Irish House, and definitely gave out a few numbers.
Let's just say when he texted me with an apology TWO WEEKS LATER during the Gold Medal Game, I didn't respond!
And the HILARIOUS:
Rachel Vaughn- Worst= last year. Flowers were delivered to me, by someone I assumed was my boyfriend. Turned out they were delivered to me by mistake, so the delivery person came back and asked for them back. So awkward!
Laura Smith bielefeld - worst valentines gift, a boyfriend who got me a teapot. i dont drink tea.
Monti S - Worst Valentine ever. First year university was so in love with this guy, like swooning, thinking and dreaming. I was looking forward to V-day thinking he would be the romantic, flowers and a glint in his eye Romeo. Not only did the hours tick by with no word, no sign, he showed up at the end of the day and gave me.... A cigar. A cigar for Valentine's Day.
Ashleigh Kuykendall - My WORST Valentine's Day is definitely the year I was a Freshman in high school. (This was also my first Valentine's Day with a "boyfriend") He got me a GIANT stuffed animal that was a strange mix between a raccoon and a tiger, and I was mortified to have to carry it around with me all day long.
I'm Over You, Valentine's Day