Hi. I'm Average Joe
You may recognize me from the supermarket. You've seen me at restaurants. I've been spotted at the mall, usually seated outside department stores, holding shopping bags I didn't fill at the checkout. We've sat across the aisle from one another on the train. We've sat in the same traffic. We've stood in line together at Samuel's Sweet Shop/The Crafted Kup/Dunkin' Donuts. I order it with milk and sugar.
Ladies, I am your brother, son, boyfriend, husband, uncle, dad.
Men, I am you.
I can speak only for myself when I say that each year, I dread VD -Valentine's Day. I never know what to get any of the women in my life. Will a card suffice? Do I have to send flowers? Are we going to dinner? With everyone else in town? Does that mean I have to make reservations? Because I am NOT good at that kind of thing seeing at it involves advance planning, research AND making a phone call. Possibly two! Come on, I'm not a machine. And, the pressure is on. I can't turn around and not come face to face with red hearts, pink glitter and/or fluffy winged cupids. Anywhere. Someone at work has decorated her cubicle. For. Real.
I have a week.
My wife doesn't even want anything. I know this because she told me so. She also told me that next Tuesday is "just a made up Hallmark holiday". In fact, she has made it a point to mention that to me every day since the calendar turned February. Thankfully, I have been married long enough to know what that means. She definitely wants me to remember the date and surprise her. I'm also fairly positive that going above and beyond my fellow husbands within our circle wouldn't hurt either. (Dudes. I'm sorry. But you KNOW how it is, every man for himself)
Off to Zimmer Brothers I go. With two convenient locations, I am sure to find something perfect. Which means, within my budget AND jealousy-inducing. I don't even have to rush. I can be my last-minute self. I won't though, not this year. But just knowing that I could be makes me a little less anxious. The stores in both Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck will be open Monday, February 13th!