I baked this cake for my husband’s birthday a few weeks ago and people are suggesting I make it for him again for Valentine’s Day. But I most likely won’t—because we don’t tend to make much of a fuss about Valentine’s Day.
My husband believes Valentine’s Day is only for unmarried people—and as we’re coming up for twenty-seven years together that kinda counts us out! There’s also the fact that February 14 falls between his birthday in late January and mine in February and Valentine’s Day seems to fall through the cracks.
It’s not that my husband isn’t romantic, he’s known for his thoughtful gifts. One memorable one was the heart-shaped amethyst ring he bought me for our tenth wedding anniversary. (Okay, so I had pointed it out in the jeweler’s window accompanied by a big hint, so he had help!)
Amethyst is also my birthstone (February) and purple my favorite color so I have lots of reasons for loving this ring. Interestingly enough, the Christian Roman martyr St Valentine, remembered for supposedly conducting clandestine weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, is said to have worn an amethyst ring. So my heart shaped amethyst ring seems truly symbolic of romantic love and a Valentine’s reminder all year round. That said, I certainly appreciate flowers and heart-shaped chocolates!
What about you? Is Valentine’s Day important to you? Romantic? Over-commercialised? Exclusionary or exciting for single people? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I can’t gift you with cake or jewelry for Valentine’s Day, but I can share a copy of my latest Harlequin Romance A Diamond in Her Stocking.
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Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
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