Valentine’s Day can be a really hard day for single people, an annoying reminder that so many people are happily coupled up. However, I can assure you that couples often find it hard too! A partnership that has been going for more than 10 years has often gravitated towards a less romantic but more comfortable place, which is then prodded to be romantic by the commercial Cupid’s arrow. 

As a happily married person, I can tell you that as much as I love a meal out with my husband, sitting amongst a sea of often much younger couples in a crowded restaurant and having roses forced on me is not as romantic as single people imagine! When I was only 20 I was going out with a lovely man, and on Valentine’s Day he looked me in the eyes and said wistfully “thank you for the Valentine’s card”…  I hadn’t sent him one!