Okay, if we men are really honest, we'll admit how much we HATE Valentine's Day. Just so I don't get too much grief for this, I'll state up-front how much I love my wife. I do. And, she can cook.
Bruce Sallan: BUT, I rarely get it right with presents, especially on V.D.! I'm supposed to read her mind, of course. I thought that buying flowers at Costco a couple weeks ahead of "the special day" was a cool idea (plus, they were cheaper then than they are around V.D., when we get ripped off). That didn't pan out too well.
I'm doubly screwed each year because my wife's birthday is just three weeks after V.D. So, I have to figure out back-to-back "just right" gifts. Starting in early February, the pressure begins to build until it peaks near the "big day." Now, I did get it "right" for a "big" birthday she had a couple of years ago, when I took her heliskiing for her first time! (See the amazing photo of where we were!)
This year, she's decided to take matters into her own hands. As we're going on a big trip next month, she explained that at one of our stops they have some sort of special pearls. So, for both her birthday AND Valentine's Day, I'm getting her pearls. I don't know my budget, as she's just taken over. In my feeble male brain, I'd sort of thought the "big trip" would suffice.
Maybe I'm better off with her taking over? Maybe not. What do I know, other than that I HATE Valentine's Day 'cause I'm just a guy.
|Bruce Sallan gave up his showbiz career a decade ago to raise his two boys, now 13 and 16, full-time. His internationally syndicated column, A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW, is his take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and now as a newly remarried dad in a blended family. Join Bruce's A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW fan page at Facebook and follow him on Twitter. To contact Bruce, visit his new website brucesallan.com.|