I used to love Valentine's Day when I was a kid. We'd make these decorated boxes at school to put the valentines in, and they'd send out a list with all the names of the kids in the class. We'd get those cheap packages of little kid valentines and spend hours writing the "To:" and "From:" names on them. Then we'd have a party with real cupcakes, the ones that are considered to be evil now and are banned in a lot of schools. Can't believe we actually survived a childhood of wanton cupcake eating! What were our parents thinking!!! We must try to forgive them ... they didn't know any better! When the kids were younger, I did get them nice cards and little gifts and candy but they didn't do much at school ... not like we did. When you get older, it's not as much fun, especially after you've had a few Valentine's Days of the "Charlie Brown" variety! The ex- usually just ignored it, or he would lump it in with my birthday because it's around the same time. Some years he ignored my birthday too. One year, he actually did send me flowers! I was thrilled! But I should have known better ... a few weeks later I got a phone call from the florist saying that his check bounced and he needed to come in make it good! Well, Happy Valentine's Day to ME!!! Sincere gestures are wonderful, but I do think it's grown all out of proportion with the commercialism. If you watch enough TV, it seems like if you don't spend thousands of dollars on jewelry, you're being negligent! The emphasis is on lavish, expensive gifts and the greeting card companies, florists and jewelers make a bundle off of it. Can "Bah Humbug" apply to Valentine's Day too???