Valentine’s Day is for many considered to be one of the most romantic date nights of the year. Whether you are single and dating or you are married and part of a couple – you’ll want to have a special date night on Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to settle for going to an expensive restaurant either. There are many choices to choose from when it comes to romantic date ideas for Valentine’s Day.
One suggestion would be to try recreating your first date or even one of your favorite dates. Sometimes this isn’t even a very expensive date – but more of one that brings back a lot of happy memories for the two of you. That’s the whole point isn’t it? Imagine going to your favorite, yet inexpensive Italian restaurant for spaghetti and meatballs or for a night of bowling with rented shoes. That first night is what got your relationship started growing to where it is now. Best of all, choosing a different type of activity is likely to be less crowded and the costs will be much cheaper than going to an expensive restaurant.
Another excellent choice for many couples is trying a physical activity that they have always wanted to try. Doing something new together can be very bonding and bring you closer together. Try beginner ballroom dance lessons or a massage class. Or even a couples yoga class. There are so many choices to select from – you can easily find something that tickles both of your fancies. A physical activity often involves touching each other or simply becoming more conscious of your body. That can help your romantic life in many ways, especially for long term couples looking for a little extra sizzle.
Trying a new cuisine is also a fun choice on Valentine’s Day. The key to this experience is that it is something the two of you both want to try – not simply something one of you wants to do and the other one is just putting up with. When you try a new experience, this newness reminds you of how you were as a new couple and can take you out of a rut. Trying a new experience like a different cuisine is most often a “safe” choice because it is a small decision but it can lead to making bigger choices you desire in your relationship.
Remember that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be full of the standard cliche type dates. Some people think they have to spend a fortune on Valentine’s Day gifts. They really make an effort to get the biggest, brightest and most over-the-top Valentine’s Day gift they can find. The most ironic thing is that often these gifts are easily forgotten. What our romantic partners usually want from us is thoughtfulness. Try writing a love letter or giving them a rose – one for every month you have been together.
The key is to spend quality time with your loved one and really explore and express your true feelings. True love is something you just can’t put a price tag on.
Me on a fall afternoon – Oct 1944
Image by Ed Yourdon
This is one of roughly half a dozen color photos. No idea where it was taken, or what was going on. Based on the handwritten date on the front of the photo, I’ve arbitrarily dated it in mid-October of that year…
All of the photos in this album are “originals” from the period when I was an infant in the mid-1940s — i.e., the period before I lived in Omaha, Riverside, Roswell, New York, Ft. Worth, and Denver (photos of which you may have seen already in my Flickr archives).
Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 70+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.
My own story changes dramatically at this point: the man I’ve presented as my Dad in previous Flickr albums, Ray Yourdon, was actually my stepfather. My birth parents grew up in Washington DC, married, and moved to Florida in the early days of World War II. My birth father worked as a flight instructor for the Air Force, and I was born on an Air Force base near Ft. Walton Beach, in the panhandle section of Florida (which you can read about here, if you’re interested: www.eglin.af.mil )
Some time after that, my parents divorced and my mother moved back to Washington with me, to live with her mother. After a bitter custody battle over me (so I’ve been told), I didn’t see my birth-father again until I was 30—at which point I was surprised to learn that I had three more half-sisters, in addition to the two I had grown up with (i.e., both my mother and my birth-father had remarried after they got divorced from each other). But that’s another story, with another set of photos …
Meanwhile, my mother worked as a secretary in the Pentagon as the war wound down, and when my stepfather ended up in Washington toward the end of his tour of duty in the Navy, they met, and married, and moved to Denver to begin a new life … chapters of which you’ve been seeing in these Flickr albums during the last several weeks.
So the photos in this album are from my birth in Florida through the first year or so of my childhood in Washington — uploaded in reverse chronological order, starting in 1945. I haven’t written any details, because I have no conscious memory of what was happening at the time; and at this point, all of my parents, step-parents, and grandparents are gone. Yes, I do have five wonderful sisters, all of whom share various memories with me; but I’m the oldest of the brood, so I have no siblings with first-hand information about what I was doing for the first year or two of my life.
All I have are the photos that you see here. But they do tell a story, and that’s why I think it’s so important that you track down all of your own photos and preserve them somewhere for the generations who will follow after you.
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