The Gift of Roses

Calling all baby boomers and seniors out there, only three more days until February 14th, Valentine’s Day.  Let’s do everything we can to make the day special.

Too often, we let ourselves fall captive to the dullness of life and not make a special someone in our life feel extraordinarily SPECIAL by extending ourselves and making a holiday or event exceedingly exceptional, regardless of the effort or cost.  

But it doesn’t have to be a major effort or major cost, but you do have to get your tail-end off the couch and get inspired.  All crafty and cost-conscious boomers and seniors know about the Dollar Store, Walmart, Target, Home Goods, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.  It doesn’t take a major purchase to make someone feel exceptional on Valentine’s Day.

All of us have had many Valentine’s Days in our lives.  Most likely far too many to remember, or with whom we might have shared them.  Nonetheless, I can assure you we have enjoyed and celebrated Valentine’s Day because we reached out and touched someone’s life, and made them feel honored, loved, cared for or recognized.  Equally important, someone out there did the same for us—remember how you felt—thrilled and excited!  Especially when you were least expecting it.

So stay relevant regardless of your age or condition of health.  Call that special someone, drop a card, give a small gift, send flowers, or simply smile and kiss their cheek.  

Just to brighten your day even further, here are several interesting facts about Valentine’s Day.

  • Every year more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold across the United States.
  • Sorry all you men, it appears you’ll be spending as much if not more than women this year on gifts.  The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget your pets!  Every year around nine million people of all ages buy their pets a Valentine’s gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just behind Christmas.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s card, all the way back to 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.  Why, I have no idea.

Flower Facts:

  • It is estimated in the U.S. alone $3.3 billion will be spent on flowers for loved ones this year.
  • The only other day that beats Valentine’s Day in floral sales is Mother’s Day.
  • Of the 125 million households in the U.S. it’s predicted that 43 million of them will purchase flowers.
  • And the most likely flower to be purchased, red roses of course.

The most searched for flowers on the internet for Valentine’s Day…you ready for this:

  1. Rose (over 3 million searches)
  2. Iris
  3. Lily
  4. Sunflower
  5. Orchid
  6. Tulip
  7. Daisy
  8. Gardenia
  9. Lavender
  10. Hydrangea

Frankly, I love them all and how they brighten your home, garden and life.

Would you buy yourself flowers.  I certainly would.  Who says you can’t be your own Valentine.  Or, buy them and gift them to yourself from your favorite pet.  In 2019, 22% of  women sent themselves flowers.

“love is in the air, whatever you do make it count and stay relevant”

Editorial contribution by Prince TL and Prince TA, Columbus, OH

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