Marianne Mancusi is a very nice young woman who lives in my fave city, Boston. I met her very briefly at RWA National last summer and found her funny and charming, as I think you will today. Please offer Marianne a warm buongiorno as she reveals another side of Valentine's Day...
In addition to being an author, I'm also a tv producer and last week I was assigned to cover a story called the "Million Dollar Valentine's Day". Yes, folks, this package, put together by the fine folks of the Taj Hotel in Boston's Back Bay actually costs a whopping $1,069,000! (Including tips and gratuities, at least.) Okay, sure, there were luxury automobiles, consummate pampering and major 70 carat bling involved--but still! A million dollars to show your sweetie you care? Who was it that said my love don't cost a thing? Evidently not these folks!
I personally find Valentine's Day kind of a sick holiday. People put under a ton of pressure to present the perfect present to prove their love. And these days, a dozen roses just won't do. We're talking iPods, people! And, of course, there's the requisite dinner out -- some ridiculous prix fixe number that's overcooked because the chefs are overworked. Long waits, crowded seating--it all screams romantic night out, doesn't it? And meanwhile the guy is so stressed out trying to make you happy that he can't enjoy any of it. And thus, neither can you.
If only our husbands, boyfriends, lovers would pick up a romance novel once in a while. Take a cue from the heroes on the page who instinctively seem to know that a simple gesture, a soft touch, and a caring word can do so much more to spark love and devotion than any box of expensive chocolates could ever hope to do. Perhaps if they understood what we really want and need deep down, they could learn to relax and enjoy the holiday for what it's supposed to be--a day to celebrate the wonderful thing we call love. To me, that would be the perfect Valentine's Day gift.
Er. not that I'd turn down 70 carats of high quality diamonds were they to be presented to me! Wouldn't want to seem ungrateful, after all... :)
What was your favorite Valentine's gift and what made it particularly special?
Encore due! Anna DeStefano -- a Bella favorite -- GuestBlogs tomorrow with Valentine's Day fun and a great contest!
Encore tre! I'm guest blogging Valentine's Day with our friends at RidingWithTheTopDown.bgspt, with a sweet contest, too!