Monday, February 12, 2007

Calling All Men!

Rumor has it that the snow is about to hit in a few hours here in the Midwest. Whether it comes or not is irrelevant when it comes to Valentine's Day. The holiday has been on the calendar for 364 days, so Men, if you are planning to grab something for your wife or girlfriend tomorrow (or God forbid on your way home from work Wednesday night), think again.

Yes, Men, today is your day. I know many of you dread this day, but don't. It's easy. Women (or at least my friends anyway) don't expect much. Just a little something special. A little acknowledgement. And yes, maybe just a bit of romance.

First, find a nice card and write a little sentiment. Something sincere is best. Something along the lines of "Have a Nice Day" ... not so good. My husband tried that once, and I promptly handed it back and asked him to try again. On his second attempt, he managed to scribble something along the lines of "I love you so much" and "I'm glad you're my wife." It wasn't Shakespeare, but I know that he was sincere.That's all I needed.

Second, buy her something. If you live in fear of shopping malls, don't worry. Target exists for a reason. I don't know a single woman who doesn't love, love, love Target. Why? Because Target has all the things we love. Try a Cd, a movie, or a book. Maybe even a copy of the latest In Style and a bag of her favorite candy. A gift card would even be great. Even better yet ... attach a note to the gift card that promises her a trip to Target ALONE so she can shop without the kids and find something she really likes.

Finally, remember the kids. Most of you will receive valentines from your children, and I'm guessing your toddler didn't hop in the car and buy the valentine himself. Nope. Your wife did it. She picked out the card, and she held his hand and helped him write his name just for you. Do the same for her. Pick out a valentine for the kids to give to your wife. She'll be flattered. And it's also not a bad idea to pick out a valentine for the kids from Daddy too.

Why should you do all of this? Well, it's your duty as a husband or boyfriend. She's going to go out of her way for you, so you should do something for her. You don't have to do something big. Just do something. Put out some effort, and chances are, you'll get lucky! Put out zero effort at all, and, well, she won't be putting out either.

Just stop at Target, pick up a card, gift, and her favorite bottle of wine. Trust me, you'll both be happy. It's not rocket science. It's just a holiday. Good Luck!

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