Q: Last night, my wife was getting after me to do something about Valentine’s Day. I am not fussy about it. That was something we did when we were in grade school and could spend the afternoon of Feb. 14 eating cookies and playing games rather than doing school work.
My wife obviously sees things differently. She always has to make a big deal out of it. Do other people go overboard on Valentine’s Day or are most like me, reluctant participants?
A: I recommend you make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day for your wife. If you treasure your relationship, you should consider changing your attitude and stoking the romance.
Many people make Valentine’s Day a special time. More than a billion cards are sent out worldwide for Valentine’s Day, making it the second busiest card day after Christmas.
Teachers get the most cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts. Estimates are that nine million pets will also get special gifts from their owners on Valentine’s Day.
Women tend to get more excited about Valentine’s Day than men.
Did you know that women buy and send out 85 percent of the valentines? In one survey, more than 35 percent of men interviewed said that they would not mind if they were forgotten on Valentine’s Day. Less than 20 percent of women said the same thing.
The average male will spend $156 on Valentine’s Day.
Women will spend about half that amount on men.
Jacklin Andrews is a family counsellor from Saskatchewan. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.