I was talking to a friend's daughter the other day. She's a first year elementary school teacher, which means that she's filled with energy and enthusiasm. The first weekend of every month she goes in and decorates her room. She loves monthly holidays.
Do you remember how fun holidays were when you were a kid? They seemed so large and important. Sure, there were some months that were kind of duds with no special holidays involving candy, gift exchanges, or days off. But that was a time of enthusiasm for Halloween (oh, the discussions about costumes), Easter (jelly beans and chocolate bunnies), and Valentine's Day (it was so important to pick a set of cards that no one else had and let's not forget the hidden messages in those candy hearts).
Mr. Curtis dutifully buys me flowers on my birthday, Mother's Day, and Valentine's Day. But I think the key word in that sentence is dutiful. He feels like he has to. And for my part, I feel like we have to go out to dinner and a movie. What happened to the enthusiasm of the holiday?
This year, I want to surprise my man (which means planning, because spontaneous never works when you get to be "a certain age"). I'm looking for ideas that are fun for the upcoming holiday. That's right. I'm a romance writer in need of some romance advice!
Melinda's latest release is a sweet romantic comedy: Always a Bridesmaid. The next sweet romance in her Harmony Valley series - One Perfect Year - goes on sale March 1.