It seems crazy that this is the sort of thing one has to say out loud, but when the day rolls around, I sometimes feel like I see more negativity than positivity about it. I know the arguments against: it was made up to sell cards, it makes single people feel left out, you should show your love every day… and I can’t disagree with any of them
Every event you celebrate is probably used primarily for commerce nowdays. Single people feel left out of everything–I know this because I was one for 25 years. And of course you should show love every day.
What people seem to not realize is that it’s not always easy to do that. Life is busy. Life with a kid and one on the way is even busier. Sometimes, by the time the baby is laid down and I’m finished working, my wife is too tired to woo or be wooed. So days like today are helpful to people like me. It’s a societal nudge to remind me to be thankful for what I have. To remember the amazing, spectacular, intelligent, beautiful woman who agreed to marry for God-knows-what reason. To remember that life is more than work and kids and money and etc. To be reminded–as we all probably need to be, sometimes–that the most important person in your life deserves a day to be celebrated just for being them.