I get grief from the family when I miss a family event or holiday because of business travel. I mean they get it, they understand I have to travel for work (seriously, I’m working), but I know they miss me as much as I miss them and so I try to plan little surprises to create a little excitement.
Valentine’s Day is no exception.
In fact, thanks to life in America, advertisers and marketing mavens work overtime to put the pressure on us to show our family how much we love them! But this year, I’ve planned ahead. And I’m pretty excited about it.
For the wife: I’ve made an appointment for her to get a full massage and hoof-icure. She’ll go while the kids are out to pasture so she can really enjoy her services. I’m kinda partial to hooves, and I can’t wait to see how she looks when I come home Friday night.
For the kids: I’ve set up a scavenger hunt. The goal is to have them do this in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day. If it works out, they’ll gather a bunch of ingredients to make a great dinner with their mom that night. The last item is a carrot cake (their favorite) so that alone should get them excited.
For me: I’ll be in a hotel – it’s a Thursday night – so I’ll be done, getting ready for a Friday travel day. After I have a video call with the family, relaxation will be top of mind. I’ll have my personal VPN that protects my privacy, so if I get lonely, I might stream something that nobody else needs to know about (if you get my drift!).
What are your plans for romance?
What are you doing to share the love on Valentine’s Day? I’d love to know. Everyone has their own approach and I’m always looking for good ideas. Remember, it’s not about spending money, it’s about showing the people you love that you care. That said, I still kinda wish I’d get a Vermont Teddy Bear and a box of Shari’s Berries*!
*These aren’t endorsements. Rather, they are merely the desires of a road-warrior bull!