Note: This was made WAAAAAAAAAAY back in February, but I never felt I got it "just right". So, in lieu of anything else, I'm just going to hit "publish post" and call it a day. Enjoy.
Sooo, my girlfriend was happy Valetine's day. I got the opportunity to lie to her, and claim (genuine) exhaustion as a reason to not go out and do anything. And she loves me for it. :)
Unfortunately, for me, the memories are not quite so fond for this holiday...
Christmas was bittersweet with Carrie. She was so detached from investment into the relationship that it was as if she were not apart of it. I felt like a showpiece, almost "the flavor of the month".
Being a first Girlfriend, I went along with puppy-love abandon. Rather like Niles and Maris Crane on Frasier, I lacked a spine. By the time Valentine's Day rolled around, she had called a break to the relationship, from which it never recovered.
My second girlfriend, however, was so insecure about herself that by even Christmas, I didn't want to be with her.
In this year, however, things have changed. My last relationship was in 2000-2001. Since then, I have had a chance to grow and reflect on who I am both inside and outside of a relationship.
I've had opportunities with several young ladies since then, and have turned them down, recognizing the issues that would make the relationship unhealthy.
It was (unfortunately) a point of realized maturity (hate that word) when I turned a girl down, postulating that I would rather be in a healthy relationship then have someone to hug during V-Day.
Point being is that both relationships had major detractants when Valentine's Day came around.
This year, however, things were different. I finally had something of worth to give her. The best part was it took effort, not cash. And I knew it was going to be good.
Which is the weirdness. I've never had something I knew would be spot-on for someone without them telling me so, or finding out through someone else.
It made me really happy to do it.
It also gave me the confidence that I might have the ability to surprise her throughout her life. It's interesting to be happy to make someone happy, and look forward to doing it.