First off…Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. We got into a discussion on my show Hardwick and Richards On XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego (listen to our fun show here) about Valentine’s Day when we had callers call in to win prizes based on their Valentine’s Day plans. The caller with the best plans got dinner and movie tickets or a pair of tickets to a monster truck rally. My co-host, Judson, then asked me what Jayme and I had planned for the romantic holiday. I proceeded to call Valentine’s Day “amateur hour” and told him, ‘I will get home from work, Jayme and I will go for a long walk, followed by lunch at home and just some quiet time at the house’. I could see he almost felt bad for Jayme and he didn’t understand why I didn’t want to wine and dine her on what is supposed to be a special day for couples. But here’s the deal…
We are both creatures of habit and comfort. We thrive in the routine and have built our lives around discipline and order. Most days and nights finish and end the exact same way. There is not a whole lot of deviation from our program. The only difference in most of our days is derived from changes in our children’s after school or weekend activities. I am up at 3:45 am most days and off to work by 4:30 am. We are in bed by 8:00 pm and asleep by 9 pm at the latest. Some would call our lifestyle complacenct, ordinary, or even boring.
Say what you want, we find it to be systematic and orderly. Within our system, we thrive. Don’t get me wrong…we enjoy a good night out. But, as it relates to holidays that feel contrived and obligatory, We will leave that to those that have something to prove to one another. We will take a pass.
As many parents with young children out there know, some of the most satisfying times are those spent at the house without children. Peace and quiet and just the two of you.
So this Valentine’s Day…Give me comfort. Give me my lady, a good book, a healthy meal made together, and good conversation. Mostly, give me some quiet time until the kids come home. Ahhhh.