Hughes of Word Constructions
14. St Valentine’s Day. The Day of Lovers.
either love it or hate it, but it’s here to stay
whatever you think of it!
from the obvious commercialism of the day, it can
be a great opportunity to remind your loved one
that s/he is loved and appreciated and to remind
both of you why you are together in the first place.
actually refers to events, affairs and atmospheres
that are remote from ordinary life and romantic
is suggestive of or given to romance, imaginative,
visionary, fantastic, unpractical*. Thus, to be
romantic, all you really need to do is something
out of the ordinary.
you go out for dinner every night, it would be more
romantic to cook at home; if you often buy each
other presents, it would be romantic to make some
for or with each other.
than giving each other a card and going out for
dinner to a fancy restaurant,
can you do to celebrate your love for each other?
Some ideas are listed below to get your creativity
a meal of your partner’s favourite foods – if
you don’t like them or normally won’t make them,
it is all the more special!
the effort to look nice for your partner –
wear the shirt or dress that s/he loves seeing you
in, rather than the one you love to wear.
a bath together with some essential oils or
bath oils/salts etc. To make it really special,
turn out the lights, burn some scented candles,
play some quiet music and add a glass of wine or
your partner – it can be flowers sent to their
house, taking them to an unknown destination, running
a bath for him/her, organising a babysitter to take
the kids, clean the house, anything out of the ordinary
the place were you met or had your first date
and watch the sun set or rise.
outside or in a park with some wine and cheese or
dips; just relax and enjoy each other’s company
the kids babysat or put them in front of a video
for a little while at the beginning of the evening
to have some adult time.
for a stroll along a beach or stream or through
a park. Take the time to look around you and to
talk to your partner.
lunch in a garden or a balcony restaurant
– Valentine’s Day is a Saturday this year, so activities
don’t have to be limited to night time…
for a drive for the day – see the mountains
or the beach or some favourite township.
massages done simultaneously – in a salon or at
something special for your partner – frame a treasured
photo, bake a cake, construct a table, paint a picture,
mix some bath salts, make a cocktail, make a card,
mould some chocolates or design a web page.
a book of special times together – add photos,
words, poems, tickets, whatever you can think of
to represent the events and then add comments like
“I loved this day because you were so happy” or
“you were so kind when…”
your partner’s hair – take your time and massage
their scalp, using nice shampoos and maybe some
essential oils. It can be part of a romantic bath
time or in a shower.
essential oils – add to a burner, massage oil, your
pillow cases, in a bath or shower, scented candles
or in an air spray. Popular oils for romance are
ylang ylang, lavender, rose, neroli and cedar wood,
but keep in mind they must be scents you both enjoy
so avoid any your partner dislikes.
a weekend away and relax – take no laptops, palms,
computers, etc with you. Kids are optional! It doesn’t
have to be an expensive, posh hotel – a weekend
camping or staying at a friend’s is a change and
just as enjoyable if you need time away!
your partner a manicure or foot massage or
such – either in person or via a voucher for a professional.
something nice all day to make yourself feel
special – be it lingerie, a favourite shirt,
favourite perfume/after shave, nice jewellery or
a good tie, as long as it feels good to you, wear
it! The happier and more special you feel, the more
you can pamper and treasure your partner, too.
sure your partner doesn’t cook for you if s/he normally
does – you cook, or get take away or go out
you both enjoy them, take the chance to play some
games (don’t forget scruples and twister!) together
a favourite or longed for movie together – maybe
a movie you saw on an early date or when you were
both teens. Perhaps you each show the other your
favourite teen movie!
a poem or story for your partner, or find one that
suits and write it out (acknowledging the author,
of course!) Consider presenting it in a frame or
on lovely paper.
to spend the day doing whatever your partner loves
doing, as long as it’s not something you detest.
Maybe you can play golf or bike ride together, see
a play, build something, go sailing or hiking, watch
a sports match or walk around beautiful gardens,
pull apart a motorbike or take a class together.
to each other about why you love each other
– tell stories or play “20 questions” about each
other. Remember playing “truth or dare” at school?
Quoted from the Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary.
Tash Hughes 2004
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