On the first Valentine's Day I celebrated with my now-husband, we didn't make any advance plans and foolishly walked into one of the city's most romantic restaurants without a reservation. We ended up eating Indian food up the street, after striking out on a half-dozen other cozy eateries. Not the most romantic evening, but it had the silver lining of being an affordable date night.
Since then we've learned. I have no idea what he has planned for this coming Valentine's Day, but he's arranged a babysitter and I'm guessing that no Tandoori will be involved. Sure, it's a made-up Hallmark holiday, but we parents need any excuse we can get to remember that we're in love -- it's too easy to become little more than partners in the business of running our household and rearing our children.
And of course, we haven't forgotten about the kids on Valentine's Day. I've got their cards ready and the time blocked out on my work calendar for the class holiday party. What are your plans for Valentine's Day?
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