Life's a bastard...but sometimes it lets up

The life and times of an ordinary Dublin girl. Follow her journey as she finds out working from home really ISN'T about watching Oprah all day and that perhaps men aren't really all bastards.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Don't forget February 14 - Pah!

THERE is a huge sign on the side of a garden centre which I pass every day on my way to work which reads "Don't forget February 14, Valentine's Day". Ha! As if I could!

It seems every way you turn you're confronted by massive teddy bears, cut out hearts, boxes of chocolates and sick making smoochy couples.

Bitter, moi?

Ok, well, maybe I AM a tiny bit bitter. Valentine's Day is great if you're part of a couple (Daddy Dunne still sends Mammy Dunne a card every February 14 signed Guess Who?) but not so great if you're perpetually single, like yours truly.

This year it falls on a Tuesday which means that both this weekend AND next will be taken over by smug couples celebrating, meaning single people (aka me) will have to stay at home in front of the telly with the best part of the Lams Chinese Takeaway menu.


It’ll be a nightmare on Tuesday too, cos you know there are always those people in an office who make the same ‘oh sorry I’m late I couldn’t get out the door because of the amount of Valentine’s I got’ jokes while you sit there thinking about the pitiful bowl of pasta which is all that will be waiting to welcome you when you get home.

And every time a deliveryman comes to the door you’ll be secretly on the edge of your seat thinking that maybe, just maybe, the flowers might be for you from some hitherto unknown admirer…only for the pretty girl from accounts to come beaming back into the office wittering about her ‘so thoughtful’ sweetie.

Double sigh.

The sooner Valentine’s Day is over the better as far as I’m concerned. I think the next ‘holiday’ at least here in Ireland is St Patrick’s Day and that just concerns drinking and waving flags about. Now THAT I can handle!



At 8:16 p.m., Blogger planetpotato said...

heh I'm just sitting here thinking to myself that "a pitiful plate of pasta" is exactly what I intend serving up to my valentine on Tuesday.

*panics and searches for the cookbook*

At 5:38 p.m., Blogger Emma in Canada said...

Valentine's day isn't necessarily great for the non single population either. From the age of 15-18 I went out with someone who never once remembered the day. Our first Valentine's Day, I was over at his and he had to go out while I was there to buy me a card and a cheap box of chocolates. Which I am quite sure his dad paid for.

At 5:23 p.m., Anonymous Rickard said...

I think I've got it. The fundamental problem here is that Valentines Day is a day for couples and there is no corresponding holiday for singles! So, all that is required is a quick google to find the patron saint of singles... one moment... damn, it's more complicated that I thought.

It turns out that Saint Benedict is the patron saint of single men and Saint Agatha is the patron saint of single women - them crazy Catholics and their saints – so we need a Saint Benedict & Agatha Days. Although maybe we should go one better than those smug couples and create two separate days, a Saint Benedict’s Day and a Saint Agatha’s Day thus doubling our chances.

Now all we need to decide is exactly how these days will work in practice and we’ll be sorted. So over to all you smart single people out there in blog land…


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