Having a birthday on the 15th of February used be quite the coup for me at boarding school.
You see my godmother is a florist and February 14 is THE busiest time of the year for such professions, well that and funerals. Just saying.
So when she was busily wrapping flowers with cellophane and gypsophila (you know that small white flower that used to be in EVERY flower posy in the 80s and 90s?) she would whip up a bunch for me and send it via courier.
Anyway, at boarding school nothing is private, if you saw a courier van drive along top terrace, after compulsory sport every afternoon, you’d have an extra spring in your step.
Of course we weren’t allowed to walk along top terrace until we were in 6th form, year 11 equivalent. So we mere turd (3rd) formers used to run along the lower path and hope like hell someone had felt sorry for us and had sent lollies.
The food at boarding school wasn’t all that bad, but we didn’t get to visit the shops like normal people and pester our parents for lollies. We used to get a weekly fruit order and that was as far as it went with extras.
Anyway, I’ll regale you with boarding school tales another time, back to February 14.
You can imagine the hormones of 200 plus girls aged 12 to 17 all hoping that some lad they’d danced with for 5 minutes at a social had taken a fancy to them and sent some flowers.
Of course the hot popular girls ALWAYS got the goods. Whereas the odds on the head of debating, eg me, taking delivery of Valentine’s Day flowers were as low as Donald Trump’s morals.
So you can imagine the sickly sweet smiles and fake gushes when a MASSGIVE bouquet arrived for yours truly. EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. on Feb 14.
My besties were in on the secret but I didn’t let on to the entire school that it was my godmother not a boy with a hot crush on me, my braces, monobrow and bad bob-style haircut!
As for Valentine’s Day we don’t go overboard around these parts., although hubby has taken the kids out as we speak to let them find a birthday treasure for their mumma.
When I think about, anyone who’s been in a relationship with me had it good because often they did the 2 in 1 option or I wasn’t too phased about V Day as I knew the following day was MY day.
I do think a funny card or even a letter is a nice way to tell your partner you love them. Sure there are haters of Valentine’s Day but for those lovers, I hope you get a little somethin’ somethin’.
And in the spirit of LOVE and because I’m a writer who LOVES pens, I’m giving away THREE Pilot Frixion 3-in-1 Wood (RRP $31.50) to my awesome readers.
I know I’m not as active on the blog as I used to be but if someone offers to give my readers something it’s a HELL YEAH from me.
So if you’d like a three-coloured sharp-looking erasable pen, then just leave a comment telling me……..
What would you use the pen for or who would you gift it to?
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