It took me back to my childhood, though. I got similar sort of crap. A little heart box full of cheap candy. I got an inexpensive remote control car once. Stuff like this. It's not Christmas or birthday level stuff, or even Easter, but it's a little something.
It's weird, though. Valentine's Day is about romantic love.
In about the fifth grade, I asked a classmate what he got for Valentine's Day. He looked at me like I was crazy. "For Valentine's Day? Nothing."
Let me check the origins of Valentine's Day.
While the European folk traditions connected with Saint Valentine and St. Valentine's Day have become marginalized by the modern Anglo-American customs connecting the day with romantic love, there are some remaining associations connecting the saint with the advent of spring.
While the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK, Valentine's Day still remains connected with various regional customs in England. In Norfolk, a character called 'Jack' Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children. Although he was leaving treats, many children were scared of this mystical person
So I guess it's not totally unheard of for children to receive gifts on Valentine's Day.
At some point it becomes awkward, of course. Getting Valentine's Day candy from your mother as an adult would surely be weird. I guess at about 12 or so the Valentine's Day gifts should be phased out. That's probably what happened with me.
I remember my mother getting angry with my father for not getting her anything for Mother's Day. "You're not my mother" was his argument. Kind of an asshole move, I have to say. Maybe he just didn't like her. Can't blame him for that.
In other news, I got some curry yesterday. I've been experimenting with this recently. Previously, I thought that it was ridiculously over-priced. "£6 for a little carton of what looks like dog food?"
I just ate it straight so only got one meal out of it. I didn't realise that you were supposed to accompany it with rice or naan. When you add the rice, you can get two or three meals out of it. With naan, you probably only get two at the most but that second meal is awful because naan doesn't re-heat well.
So yeah, you're not just supposed to throw the sauce away. Indeed, there's sometimes very little meat in this shit. That's what angered and confused me in the past. But now I get it.
The difficulty now is there's a laundry list of different curries and I don't really know what any of them all. But that's all part of the fun, I guess.
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