Saturday, 16 February 2008

Agoraphobic Valentines Day

Valentines Day was celebrated in different ways by my older daughters and their respective partners.

One couple gave and received gifts, cards, flowers and went to the cinema. (They are supposed to be "broke" - one wonders what extravagances they would get up to if they were well off...)

One couple exchanged cards and went out for a meal.

One couple exchanged cards and went out to a Valentines Day supper dance.

One couple (also "broke") gave cards and celebrated Valentines Day at home.

My son Colm and his "girlfriend" (very loose definition of the word) exchanged cards and a couple of nights later had a night out bowling followed by a meal in the nearby pizza restaurant. (Since both of them have learning difficulties, they had to have a responsible person to keep an eye on them. That person was me.)

Marie and I had the agoraphobic Valentines Day celebration. No romantic meal with the table close to the door, the car parked directly outside and the constant checking of the mobile phones to make sure that they still have reception... No; I got her flowers this year, and we stayed in (so there was no anxiety). After the children went to bed, we turned down the lights and enjoyed some delicious Indian snack food, delicious beverages which Marie organised earlier, a tub of Hagen Dazs and two spoons, and a romantic movie. All this led to some cuddles and... ... ...

Our Valentines Day was not adversely affected by agoraphobia!


Gary said...

Sounds like you both had a good Valentines Day Robert, you don't have to go out to enjoy yourselves!
And that is really good of you to keep an eye on that very special couple, making sure they also had a good time.

SarahC♥ said...


You Valentines day sounded a lot like mine....NOT!!!!! LOL. Yours was a tad better, more romantic and deserved.

There is so much appreciation going on between you and your wife, its really lovely to read.

Doesn't make me feel bad at all ;)
(just kidding!)

Robert said...

Gary - Special people require special treatment, don't you think? Silly question, really - I KNOW that you agree with me!

Robert said...

Sarah - Although you still don't believe this, despite Steph's & my exhortations, you deserve this sort of romantic day, too. I hope it will come to you soon!

Aff said...

Aww... sounds like you had a great Valentines Day. It's always nice to read uplifting posts.

anxiousbookworm said...

I am happy to hear that your Valentine's Day went well and you had a nice time!