It's that time of year again--the time of year when school children are making shoebox mailboxes and purchasing cartoon Valentines to trade with classmates; the time of year when everything is red and pink and love; the time of year when couples often have their second-fanciest date of the year just behind celebrating their anniversary; the time of year when "all the single ladies" treat themselves and their girlfriends to expensive presents and a glass of wine. (No, they're not bitter).
Two things you may not know about this time of year, specifically, about Valentine's Day.
One: It's my birthday. Almost 22 years ago my poor mother had to celebrate Valentine's Day in the hospital with my Dad because I just needed to wait two and half weeks past the due date in order to be born on a holiday. In retrospect, it makes sense to me. I LOVE holidays and party planning, clearly. It has been quite fun over the years to have Valentine's-themed birthday parties and treat my friends to chocolate-covered strawberries and candlelit dinners!
Two: It's also National Ferris Wheel Day. I have found my birthday even more of a perfect fit because of this. I LOVE the fair...far more than most people. I love Ferris Wheels, Carousels, the rides that spin you until you cannot see straight, and yes, I must admit, even the fair food that I know to be terrible for me such as Corndogs and fried Oreos (gasp!). I love every part of it and cannot wait until the local fair comes around each August.
Valentine's Day is going to be everywhere around you this week. You will see hearts and cards and love gestures everywhere. You may not see a Ferris Wheel. Therefore, I have decided for this week's inspiration to honor National Ferris Wheel Day, also on February 14th, which tends to get little to no attention each year.
I think the idea of a county fair is both fun and romantic. Couples enjoying the view from their shared Ferris Wheel seat, stuck at the very top together. Men trying to show off their strength to their girlfriends as they use a hammer on the "Strongman game" to ring the bell at the top. Husbands winning that cuddly teddy bear prize for their wives by beating a target-shooting game. Lovers just strolling the midway together, enjoying the cool summer night's breeze and time spent walking hand-in-hand. I absolutely love the fair.
Apparently, I am not the only one. Many couples have gone the route of having a "County Fair" wedding or reception. If not that, many choose to do engagement photos at the fair. There is something about love that makes you feel young, and I think that is why the fair seems like the perfect place to go when you are in love. Be carefree, eat cotton candy, get on a ride that terrifies you. Why not? You're in love!
So this Friday, when everyone's pre-occupied with Cupid, I'll be:
Celebrating my birthday, first and foremost.
But then? I'll be imagining myself on a Ferris Wheel somewhere.
Happy National Ferris Wheel Day, everyone.