This Valentine’s Day marked Chad and I’s second anniversary. Yes, that’s right, we are one of those gross, cliche couples who got together on the 14th of February. Well, Technically, we got together on the 15th, but Chad is adamant that we say it’s valentine’s day.
I honestly can’t believe it’s been two years. We started off as barely friends who played in the same Ukulele band. He was charming and Canadian while I was awkwardly Welsh, sassing everyone left right and centre. I liked him for a while, but it wasn’t until I got a little bit hammered during a Valentines’ party for singles that I had the courage to tell him how I felt. He walked me home from Karaoke, the whole two minutes to my old apartment, and the rest is history.
The past two years has been a blur of fun, complications and realisations. Coming from different countries, we had to decide pretty quickly if we were going to be a long lasting couple since we saw little point in getting our hearts broken in the event that one of us decided to go home when our work contract ends. Not long after, I was rushed to the hospital for an emergency operation. Chad was so wonderful and supportive, it was hard to believe we had only been together a few months. I ended up meeting his parents two weeks later on their trip to Japan, and before our six month anniversary hit we were more entangled in each other lives than I could ever have imagined!
Just when I thought he couldn’t be lovelier, he surprised me and told me he was coming to Wales to meet my family and celebrate Christmas with us! I think I cried for hours, even though we were in a public park. Since then we travelled to Kyoto for our first year anniversary, moved in together, taken a second trip to Wales and just came back from spending the holidays with his family in Canada.
For Valentines Day this year, we decided to go to a very delicious restaurant here in Nagasaki called Garcon Ken. Small and quaint, Chad booked the best seats in the house next to the french doors covered in writing. It was perfect. The atmosphere was warm and the setting was intimate. We ate delicious food and got tipsy on the best wine. Ken himself even did a shot of cognac with us on the house, in celebration of our two year anniversary. It was wonderful!
We then ended the date in the most classy fashion possible; buying Mcdonalds. As good as the food was, we are apparently greedy little pigs and ended up walking all the way there, huddled close for warmth. It was the perfect Valentines, made even more so by the fact that we came back to OUR home and got to sleep in after using our vacation days to take Wednesday off. Oh, and did I mention he surprised me with the most beautiful Orchid. He had totally fooled me too, giving me a card filled with pictures and a bouquet on the front saying ‘ Because I can’t give you flowers.’
I fully agree that people should love each other every day of the year, and not a day should go by where you forget to show your loved ones how much you adore and appreciate them. However, it is nice, in this busy day and age, to take the time to be with those close to us, be it a romantic partner, a best friend or even some much needed me time, to think carefully about how much they mean to us and spend time together. Despite the distaste I have for the commercialisation of Valentines Day, you can never go wrong with a day that celebrates love.