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girl­friend has been hint­ing about how ro­man­tic Valen­tine’s Day is – she seems to be ex­pect­ing some­thing spe­cial. I think it’s a crock. Can I can­cel? AF, Mawson Lakes A We all know Valen­tine’s Day is a mar­ket­ing sham cre­ated to stim­u­late spend­ing be­tween Christ­mas and Easter. But your girl­friend is a tra­di­tion­al­ist. She’s go­ing to love any old bit of tat you give her, like some flow­ers ripped up from a neigh­bour’s gar­den, or a mixed CD with a hand-made cover, or your fa­mous apri­cot chicken made with the packet of soup mix. If she doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate your home­spun ges­tures then she’s too high main­te­nance, and you’ll be a lazy, par­si­mo­nious grinch who doesn’t de­serve a girl­friend if you make a point to be dif­fi­cult. And do I need to spell it out for you? Valen­tine’s Day is for lovers, hence, lov­ing. Make her happy, and she’ll make you happy. Know what I mean? See, you aren’t stupid af­ter all. Send your ques­tions to saweek­[email protected] adv.newsltd.com.au

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