The Ex-Pat Life

Happy St Valentine’s Day

5V007PI enjoy comparing the day to day life style of America with the UK, and the Mind the Gap Blog by BBC America is a great bite-size way to to do this. Their recent article on Valentine’s Day sums up my feelings about the differences between these two great nations.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of romance. I’m not one of those scrooges who moan about the commercialisation of St Valentines Day. However, the enormity of the holiday is really something else over here! I am happily loved up; but this week in America would be a desperate one if I wasn’t. Love, hearts and flowers are pushed in your face wherever you look.

Yesterday I finally went out to buy a card for the bf and was overwhelmed at the selection. If I wanted, I could have bought one for my dad, my mum, my sister, cousin, aunt, daughter, son, grandmother, teacher…even my CAT or DOG!

And I really don’t think it’s the florists, restaurants and card manufacturers who have perpetuated this (well, maybe just a little). It’s the American people. They love to express love – in all aspects of life. There is no shame in telling someone that they are amazing. There’s no embarrassment in receiving recognition for being wonderful. And if you think about it, what is wrong with that?


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