Someday My Prince Will Come: Notes from a Valentine’s Veteran

Someday My Prince Will Come: Notes from a Valentine’s Veteran

I have a confession to make. Up until a year ago, I had not been truly single since I was six. Yes, I always had a boy (or two, or four…) wrapped around my finger. In my grade school days, I was sweet and charming, and my childhood sweetheart and I were inseparable. Growing up in the south, pretty much everyone had a childhood sweetheart. Mine stuck around until I was twelve. He would write me Valentine’s cards and we would spend the day in his tree house, and one time I even received a teddy bear from him.

In middle school, I found another sweetheart. He ended up holding my heart through college, but that’s another story. On our first Valentine’s Day “together” (we were twelve, let’s be realistic) he sent a Cupid-gram sent to my homeroom. All day long, I waltzed around with three shiny, red, heart-shaped beaded necklaces. It was the best Valentine’s gift I ever received.

And then there was high school and college, where I went through a string of older, smarter, more experienced boys – usually possessing some sort of job. I received earrings, a diamond tennis bracelet, and enough good meals to have cost me 25 pounds. They always brought me my favorite chocolates, and always came with a bouquet of flowers. And it was always perfect.

Are you jealous? Well, me too. ┬áBecause, in case you haven’t been reading, I am a spinster single young lady.

For about a year, I have been learning to love myself without a man. And no time is harder than Valentine’s Day. I miss the jewelry, the sweet kisses, the cards, and the shiny, red, heart-shaped beaded necklaces.

So I ask myself, WWKD? And I know for certain she would NOT wallow around on Valentine’s Day just because her prince hasn’t arrived yet.

A Future Princess’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Girls night out: Who needs men? You and your best single girl friend should put on your sexiest dresses and go out to a fabulous restaurant. Order champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Splurge on oysters. I am willing to bet more than one man at the restaurant will be looking your way – much to the chagrin of his date.

 

Girls night in: Trying to avoid the cheesiness of the holiday? Invite date-less friends over for an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. Have everyone wear black, and make a fun game out of it. Serve the most un-sexy foods you can think of (sloppy Joe sliders, garlic knots, apple pie) and have your guests go around the table saying why they love being single.

 

Plan your wedding: I see you with that Pinterest board. Stay in tonight in your pyjamas, turn on your Royal Wedding DVD and veg-out with The Knot, Modern Bride, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Pop open the bubbly and have your own cake tasting! This is another great girls-night-in idea. There is no shame in planning your big day. Note: I think I have four different wedding-inspired Pin boards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Go Charitable: Take a note from Kate and spend your V-day volunteering. There’s no way you’ll feel lonely when surrounded by the local shelter animals, children in the children’s hospital, or women recovering from a hard life. Spend the day at your favorite local charity and do some good for this world.

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Come back next week for another Valentine’s Day post from the Duchess!

How will you be spending Valentine’s Day? xoxo The Heiress

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Christine

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Christine is the editor of What Would Kate Do? and The Refined Side. When she isn't writing, she can be found reading with a cup of tea. Her interests lie in history, etiquette, and consumer culture. She resides in Washington, D.C.
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