Something Fishy on Valentine’s Day
Every year Valentine’s Day takes me by surprise. Adding to my troubles, I don’t know much about romance. For a long time I thought French kissing was to kiss during a rainbow. My wife and I don’t really celebrate the Hallmark holidays, but each year I feel obligated to try to do some small thing I haven’t done before. I am out of ideas. I have bought every variety of chocolate, stuffed animals, handmade cards and bakery item I could ever think of over the years. Last year I was apparently thinking too hard when I gave my wife a Valentine’s Day fish. I had gently stapled a cute red ribbon around its neck. it was very presentable. The intention was to make a wonderful BBQ dinner. I hadn’t thought of the impact of that gift as a visual or its smell.
Seeking inspiration for this year, I came across some interesting Valentine’s Day statistics.
85% — Of men and women say sex is an important part of Valentine’s Day.
$130.97 — The per person average estimate that people will spend on Valentine’s Day.
224 million –– The estimated number of roses grown for Valentine’s Day.
51% — Of people buy red roses for this holiday.
64% — Of men buy flowers for Valentine’s Day.
36% — Of women buy flowers for Valentine’s Day.
$18.6 billion – Spending on Valentine’s Day.
$1.6 billion — The amount spent on candy.
$1.9 billion — The amount spent for flowers.
$4.4 billion – What some spend on diamonds, gold and silver.
March 14 — The day men give women romantic gifts in South Korea and Japan.
$4.52 — The average amount pet owners spent on their pets on Valentine’s Day.
40.7% — Of people who will use their smartphone to purchase Valentine’s gifts.
6 million — The number of people who expect or are planning a marriage proposal.
29% — Of people will type a romantic text message.
145 million — The number of Valentine’s cards purchased.
151 million — The number of cards exchanged on Valentine’s Day.
1,400 — Varieties of Hallmark’s available Valentine’s greeting cards.
This year I was thinking to give my wife a copy of the Laguna Beach Independent with this story in it. Shows I am romantic, right?
Happy Valentine’s Day to my wife Kathy. There are lots of ways to use mellifluous words, but I’ll keep it simple. I love you.
Roderick Reed owns REEDesign Interiors in Laguna Beach. He lives in town with his wife Kathy and two sons Mason and Jack. http://roderickreed.com/.