Paige Sawyer: Sharing your love on Valentine’s Day

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, February 5, 2014 6:20 pm

February 14th. The day on the calendar to show a little more affection to the one we love. Or supposed to if we don’t forget. It’s not too hard to bypass this special day with the many television commercials promoting flowers and pajamas and the voice of Tom Jones singing, Love Is In The Air playing on the radio.

According to CNN, Americans spend quite a bit of money to show their love on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a breakdown, by the numbers:

$130.97-The per person average estimated amount that people will spend on Valentine’s Day.

224 million-The estimated number of roses grown for Valentine’s Day.

51%-The percentage of people who buy red roses for this holiday.

64%-The percentage of men who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day.

36%-The percentage of women who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day.

$18.6 billion-The total spending that will be reached by Valentine’s Day.

$1.6 billion-The amount people will spend on candy.

$1.9 billion-The amount people will spend on flowers.

$4.4 billion-The amount people will spend on diamonds, gold and silver.

$4.52-The average amount pet owners spent on their pets on Valentine’s Day in 2012.

40.7%-The percentage of people who will use their Smartphone to purchase Valentine’s gifts.

85%-The percentage of men and women who say sex is an important part of Valentine’s Day.

6 million-The number of people who expect or are planning a marriage proposal.

29%-The percentage of people who will type a romantic text message.

145 million-The unit amount of Valentine’s cards purchased.

151 million-The approximate number of cards that are exchanged on Valentine’s Day.

1,400-Varieties of Hallmark’s available Valentine’s greeting cards.

Wow! That’s a lot of money spent on telling someone how much you love them. The majority of Americans don’t let this special day go unnoticed while some women even spend money on seminars to learn how to live in a loving relationship with their husbands.

During the seminar, the women are asked, “How many of you love your husband?” All the women raise their hands. Next they’re asked, “When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?” Some women answered today, a few yesterday and some couldn’t remember.

The women are then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: “I love you sweetheart.” When everyone has finished, they’re told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text message they received. Some of the replies were:

Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?

Yeah, and I love you too. What’s up with you?

What now? Did you crash the car again?

I don’t understand what you mean?

What the &#*@ did you do now?

?!?

Don’t beat around the bush, just tell me how much you need.

Am I dreaming?

If you don’t tell me who this message is for, someone will die.

I thought you agreed you wouldn’t drink during the day.

Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn’t she??

Hopefully, these couples will remember each other on Valentine’s Day and maybe learn from a few Georgetown couples who have been married many years and actually work together also.

Earl and Marsha Parsons will celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary in May. Before going to work full time with Earl in 2001, Marsha keep the books for the business at their home.

The past 18 years, Thelma and John Spears have owned a floral business and prior to that taught school together for 23 years. They have been married 49 years.

Bobby and Peggy Mayer have been married over 48 years and have worked together 44 of those years in their family business.

After having been married for 11 years, Ronnie and Meghan Rader together opened a restaurant six years ago. When asked about their working relationship, Meghan replied, “When you work with your spouse, every year in marriage is counted in dog years.”

Peggy Wayne bought a sporting goods business in 1985 and husband Gary became her partner when he retired from his job in 1990. They’ll celebrate 49 nine years of marriage this November.

The late Red Skelton told his television audience the secret to a long marriage was to take time and go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. My wife goes on Tuesdays and I go on Fridays.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with the one you love.

You may reach Paige Sawyer at paigebsawyer@gmail.com.

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