For years, we have complained how we have ruined much of the Christmas season with commercialization, which is true.
But we have also done a number on St. Valentine's Day, which I remember from my childhood as an innocent time that meant an "I love you" to someone, a thought that might also include a box of candy and maybe even a heartfelt card with a sincere message.
Nowadays, once Christmas is over (as in one second after Dec. 25), we are bombarded with shelves of ho-hum sweets, rows and rows of flowers, and aisles and aisles of big, gaudy cards. Once Christmas has ended, every supermarket, drugstore and convenience outlet blasts us with Valentine's Day specials of some sort.
I propose a return to a simpler time for Valentine's Day, when actual love -- and not a special price on the newest kind of M&Ms -- was the focus.
May I suggest to all husbands and wives, or boyfriends and girlfriends, not to worry about buying the biggest card or box of candy or bouquet of flowers. Instead, simply give the gift of ... well, love.
To help that process, here are memorable passages from movies you can feel free to use.
And go ahead, buy a card, just not one of those oversized things that will be pitched the next morning. Tell your significant other these words are how you feel about her or him. It's up to you whether you credit the film in question. But if I were you, I would mention the movie. You'll feel better about yourself.
From "Hitch": "That's what people do. They leap and hope ... they can fly. Because otherwise, we just drop like a rock, wondering the whole way down, ‘Why ... did I jump?' But here I am, Sarah, falling and there's only one person that makes me feel like I can fly. That's you."
From "P.S., I Love You": "Dear Holly, I don't have much time. I don't mean literally. I mean, you're out buying ice cream and you'll be home soon. But I have a feeling this is the last letter, because there is only one thing left to tell you. It isn't to go down memory lane or make you buy a lamp. You can take care of yourself without any help from me. It's to tell you how much you move me, how you changed me. You made me a man by loving me, Holly. And for that, I am eternally grateful ... literally. If you can promise me anything, promise me that whenever you're sad, or unsure, or you lose complete faith, that you'll try to see yourself through my eyes. Thank you for the honor of being my wife. I'm a man with no regrets. How lucky am I?"
From "When Harry Met Sally": "I love that, after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight, because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
See? Who needs the candy and flowers? Words can be a powerful thing, especially if they come from the heart.