Sunday, 14 February 2010
Happy Valentines Day
Mr Ayak almost always remembers. He usually gives me a single red rose, which he's probably paid way over the odds for, and which wilts and dies within a day or so.
I suppose the day gives lots of people the opportunity to make romantic gestures that they perhaps wouldn't do normally. But we shouldn't have to feel that we are supposed to do this. We should be romantic because we want to...any day of the year..not just on 14th February.
Mr Ayak will sometimes come home with a few wild flowers that he's picked for me. Occasionally he'll pick flowers from someone's garden (perfectly acceptable in Turkey..really!) or he'll bring me a bar of chocolate, and these gestures, out of the blue, mean much more to me than the red rose on Valentines Day.
At the moment Mr Ayak (and I) have so many other things on our minds, that I doubt very much that he will remember it's 14th February....and I wouldn't dream of reminding him. We both try to make a point of expressing our feelings for each other every day of the year, even (or especially) when we're apart...and that's what really counts.
However...I don't want to appear too cynical. If this is a special day for any of you ..then I do hope it's a really happy and enjoyable one.