The Perfect Valentine Date

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Tips for planning a perfect Valentine date

It’s once again time to organize your yearly Valentine date and you are at your wits’ end trying to think of something new and original. Red roses, a romantic card and dinner for two have become predictable, boring and unoriginal. Why not pull out all the stops and plan an all day Valentine date?

Plan ahead!

This year, Valentine’s day is on a Saturday, so most people will have the entire day to celebrate love and romance. However, you need to make sure that the entire day passes without a single hitch. This means planning ahead. Here are a few pointers:

Venue

Make a list of possible venues. It may be best to spend the day at a single location. Travelling from one venue to another is stressful and it wastes time. Consider the activities and amenities available at each venue. For example, if you are considering the beach, make sure you choose one where there is a restaurant and clean bathrooms available within easy walking distance. Perhaps you want the entire day to be a surprise, but it can turn out to be terrible if she does not like the venue. You may want to at least ask her what her preferences are. You can still surprise her in many ways on the big day.

Program

With the venue sorted out, design a program for the day. Once she finds out that you have taken the trouble to carefully plan your time together, she will realize that you consider time spent with her precious and that you do not intend to waste a minute of it. A word of warning, though! Do not cram the day with so many activities that she will feel rushed and harassed. Romance has a slow and leisurely pace.

Prepare

Make sure that she will at no time be embarrassed simply because she did not take a change of clothes, or because she is dressed inappropriately, for example. Make her a list of items she may want to take on the date.

The recipe for a truly romantic Valentine date lies in careful and thoughtful planning. Why not start straight away?

Yours Truly, Your Valentine

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“…FROM YOUR VALENTINE.”

With these famous last words Saint Valentine signed his farewell letter to the blind daughter of one of his judges, Asterius, before his three part execution. He was a Roman priest in a challenging time around the year 270, when polygamy was very popular. Emperor Claudias II, hostile to the church, believed that unmarried men made better soldiers and therefore prohibited young people to marry. Valentine on the other hand, secretly married anyone in the church who was attracted to the Christian faith. For that, he was convicted, imprisoned and executed. As legend would have it, he prayed and healed the young blind girl while in prison and Asterius himself became a Christian as result.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

As Juliet said in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”

For these two young lovebirds, their family feuds and -names were the biggest obstacles to their ‘Happily Ever After’. We all know in what terrible tragedy it all ended. Unlike what many might believe, you are not your family, neither your family name. You shouldn’t be like them if you don’t want to. You are you, unique in your own way. Juliet wanted Romeo to give up his family name. How many sadly lost the love of their life, simply because they made the wrong choice in the eyes of their parents or family?

Then there are certain cases where anyone can see how wrong a specific relationship is. It would only be natural to want to “save” someone from obvious disaster. Is it really such a noble thing to do? After all, no-one can tell for certain what the future holds. Shouldn’t we all be free to make our own choices (and mistakes) in life?

SAINT VALENTINE HIMSELF

This is what Saint Valentine stood for and he too paid a terrible price. He wanted love to conquer in the end, no matter what. Isn’t this how we should celebrate Valentines’ Day? A very famous anti-war slogan from the 1960’s hippy era was “Make Love, Not War”. They would argue that no-one ever died from love. Well, literally or figurative spoken, they had a point. On the other hand, dissolute love could result in HIV AIDS and well, from that you could die in the end. Although the Roman priest paid with his life for his belief in pure love and marriage, this day will always be our reminder.

HONOUR OF A NAME

Other than Romeo and Juliet, most people care very much for a name. We see it as something really important, our special identity. To have a city, town, street or anything else linked to your name, is a great honour. Saint Valentine stood steadfast in his faith. For his noble deeds, he was honoured with a special holiday.

FESTIVAL OF LOVE

In modern times, love and romance are celebrated worldwide on Valentine’s Day. It depicts the freedom to choose and love who we want. It became such a wondrous, mysterious occasion where we not only honour Saint Valentine, but love itself. What a glorious festival of true love! Let us rather love each other instead of fight. Why not celebrate every single day as Valentine’s Day!

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