I went shopping for a Valentine’s card the other day. Well, I was actually on my way to pay for my parking ticket after a gruelling session at the gym but I had to walk past Clintons and I decided to pop in. I have a bit of a card fetish, I think it is fair to say. I never buy ONE card. I tend to buy about twenty quid’s worth…..I just love cards! Funny cards, selected with someone in mind, for an occasion when I need to send that someone a card. I keep them for ages until the right time to send them comes. I often forget I bought them though and go and buy another card for said person. Therefore, I have a lot of cards stashed away….
So, anyway, on Saturday I went into Clintons. Obviously, they were well into the swing of the Valentine promotion, with fluffy wuffy teddy bears clutching hearts, heart emblazoned mugs, heart-shaped key rings, heart-shaped boxes, heart-shaped balloons, heart-shaped EVERYTHINGS!!!
And lots and lots of cards…
Maybe I have never looked this closely before but, this year, alongside the usual Valentine cards to wives, husbands, girlfriends and boyfriends, were cards to partners (good idea I thought), cards to soul mates (hmmm, that’s not bad either), cards from the dog or cat (um, now you’re losing me), cards TO the dog, the cat, the grandparents, the grandchildren, and your teacher…..
What’s going on? Since when did Valentines Day expand to include anyone AND their dog??
It’s all got totally ridiculous. I remember when I was young, it was all about the anonymous card from the secret admirer.
Now, it’s just become yet another way for the card industry to make more money…..
For the record, I will NOT be buying the dog a Valentine card.
(I hope he doesn’t get me one now, I shall feel really embarrassed)