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Great, it's Valentine's Day again

By Rachel Robles | Feb 07, 2017
Photo by: Thinkstock Nothing says 'I love you' more than tooth-whitening toothpaste. No, seriously.

I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Call me a cynic, but a day dedicated to over-the-top displays of romantic love just doesn’t do it for me; it feels forced. This isn’t to disparage those who like the holiday and choose to celebrate by buying dozens of overpriced roses and indulging in expensive candlelit dinners. If that’s your jam, God bless.

As I’ve gotten older (says the 29-going-on-30-year-old), I stopped caring about the chocolate and flowers — which isn’t to say they aren’t appreciated — and hold on to the simple, everyday romantic gestures. You want to know the way to my heart?

Take me Waffle House at 2 a.m. after I’ve worked a long, miserable shift at the casino.

Make me scrambled eggs with tomatoes on a Saturday morning.

Buy me whitening toothpaste because you overheard me complaining about my teeth the other day.

Take the long way home because our song came on.

Roll your eyes at my ridiculous puns and then throw me a zinger.

Laugh with me when I absolutely destroy dinner and then order a pizza.

Snag a slice of pie from the company potluck. Bring me pie and I'll love you forever.

My husband, Robbie, and I have been married for six and a half years, and the best Valentine’s Day I can remember took place the day after at a hibachi grill during lunch. We had the whole table to ourselves. And then I think we went to Sam’s Club.

I personally like the idea of Galentine’s Day, a holiday that came from the hit NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”

"Oh, it's only the best day of the year,” said Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler’s character. “Every Feb. 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”

I spend Feb. 13 telling the important women in my life how special they are to me and how I value and treasure their friendship. Breakfast may or may not be included.

However you choose to celebrate (or not celebrate) Valentine’s Day, just remember to tell the people in your life that you love them. Nothing is more important than that.

If you feel like livin' it up and painting the town red, check out these events:

— Voices in the Laurel presents 'My Funny Valentine' at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at HART in Waynesville.

— Need a great date idea? The Asheville Symphony will present the Music of Fantasia at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville.

— Love to laugh at the Grey Eagle will host Valentine's Comedy Show with comedian Bengt Washburn from 7 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Asheville.

— Zoe & Cloyd will perform a Valentine's Day concert at Black Mountain Center of the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Black Mountain.

— Take your sweetheart to see The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quartet will be performing from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville.

For more ideas, visit The Mountaineer's online calendar for a complete list of events and to stay informed about what's happening in the community.