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Valentine: Do's And Don'ts Of The Red Day

Published by Guardian on Sat, 11 Feb 2012

HOW are you preparing for the forthcoming Valentine' It's in the air; I see the gift shops in town all busy with so many customers trying to pick some gift for their loved ones. Yes, that's very good. I encourage people to give and I also enjoy it when friends and loved ones remember me during those special moments.Before you go on that shopping spree, I want to ask you a question. My dear, do you really know the true, original meaning of valentine' Do you know why the early church fathers set that day aside for love' Today's article is meant to help put you back on the right track.St Valentine's Day is set out to show true love, both to the rich and the poor. It is not a day to engage in all sorts of immorality as we have made it to be. I can see reasons with some churches trying to remove that day from their calendar.The St Valentine Day, instead of binding homes together and putting smiles on the faces of children has led to the breakup and death of so many sizzling relationships. People, especially the working class and business people have lied to their spouses just for the temporary happiness of Valentine.Why do you have to go so low by asking your boss to send you on an official assignment just because you want to spend Valentine with someone else' Some married people shamelessly go to the point of travelling with their boss 'on an official assignment' for Valentine.I am sorry to say this, but many bosses are simply partners in crime and agents of destruction. Some of them deliberately send their staff out of station during Valentine. A good number of bosses even sleep with the wives of their employees. This makes the boss send the subordinate out on official duty just to have a swell time with his spouse during Valentine.Some parents ignore their children during Valentine. Know that your children are the most important assets you've got. You can fly right now and ignore them. But you know what; you will need them very close to you sometime soon. Don't ignore them; wake up on the Valentine morning to fill their lives with so much love.I know you don't go into the kitchen to prepare meals for the family, but girl, do it on this special day. Wake up with a family devotion, thanking God for the plenty of love He has put in your hearts. Ask Him for the grace to radiate love to everyone around you. Eat together as one and engage in activities they find interesting.Take your children along when going to visit the orphans and the widows. This way, you plant the same seed of love in their hearts, letting them know that God's kind of love is to love the unlovable which is what St Valentine preached. It is quite a pity that some parents tell their children to relate only with children of the rich because their own father is rich. What happens if tomorrow you wake up not to see the money'You are single' Hear this; you don't have to end your relationship for the unknown simply because you want to enjoy the Valentine. You don't have to begin quarrels that never existed because you want to take a walk. If you are going to end a relationship, do it with integrity. Make sure you have a good reason for leaving him.Though this sounds funny, it's the week you have to jump and pass every ambush laid for you by your man. A good number of men are going to create problems where there is none just because they have to take the other babe out. Ladies, it's time to show maturity and wisdom. Guys should also be aware that the girls are going to be more loving this period because of their expectations.Please don't sell your pride because of the goodies of Valentine. Don't let that man take you for a ride this Valentine season because of your gullible nature. It won't pay you well just going for that guy you don't have any feelings for simply because you need a man to call your own for the Valentine. There is life after the Valentine season. If there is no one to send you gifts and profess love to you during this Valentine, go out there and give yourself a good treat while reminding yourself of the love God has for you.You can live your life happily even without a man. You should wake up every morning to the fact that God loves you and you are special to Him. I don't know why women feel and see themselves incomplete without a man. What matters most in this life is the love of God, which will never change. Carry yourself this Valentine season as the princess of the Most High God.What about dressing and style during the season' We all know that red is the color of Valentine. Girls; please don't overdo it when it comes to fashion. For that dinner date, you can make do with a small black or navy blue dress with a touch of red. There are so many cute red dresses but please be careful how you do it.If you are on the big side, don't dress the same way your slim friends do. High heels bring out the feminine side of you, but if you cannot walk well with it, don't wear it. When it comes to make up, please remember, little is much.Be careful how you handle your health this period. A good number of women are gullible. They lack self-control. I always feel sad when I see girls trying to eat everything that is set before them. That is why we have a lot of women these days having pot belly, I mean girls who haven't even seen the labour room.Avoid the temptation of having three different men take you out this Valentine. Give yourself some respect. Quit that habit of going to roadside joints to drink and eat nkwobi; it's not womanlike. Let the men know that you can survive on your own. Stick to one man this season.Some men will ask you to make a Valentine request. The kind of request you make goes a long way in saying who you are. Don't put the man through unnecessary pressure. Don't make him regret ever telling you to make that request. There are still more celebrations for the year and you are not dying tomorrow.Remember the biting economic meltdown. Your man may not be that person he used to be. Please understand him. Appreciate him no matter how little his gift is. There are little ways he can show love to you this Valentine. You may see him do unusual things like cooking, washing your clothes, taking you to the salon, and going for a walk with you. Please enjoy every bit of it. These little things matter more than all the gold and diamonds in this world (ladies married to the rich and busy will tell you better). The best gift a man can ever give you is his time and brain.For the men, there are wonderful things you can do to make it a memorable day for her. I know she will appreciate it if at all she is a real woman. Take her to a good place where you spend the night away from the children if you can afford it. But if you cannot, just show her love in your own little way.Below is a list of things you can do for her:Serve her breakfast in bedDo her errands for the dayWrite her a beautiful poemMake a photo album of your pictures together, it takes her down memory lane and gets her love rekindled.There are flowers in your garden; you must not buy the artificial one.Create your own Valentine card giving her 10 reasons why you love her.Wash and clean her carMake her favourite meal even when you are not an expert.Arrange her underwear drawer.Remember, St Valentine lived for the poor and rejected. Don't forget that widow and fatherless child next door. Please extend a hand of friendship to those who have nobody to show them love. You will be surprised how much a simple 'I love you' will help to heal their hearts.Madam, don't allow envy make you stop him from helping the poor widow. He must not sleep with her to help her. I know some men don't ever render help without asking for sex, but he could be different.While you eat and drink this Valentine, remember your creator now that you are young. The evil days are coming; the night is coming. Make good use of your youth so you can enjoy your old age.Happy Valentine!
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