The Best Valentine’s Day Gift

February 14th, 2005 by Steve Pavlina

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I gave my wife a Valentine’s Day gift she loved.

It’s called “Servant for a Weekend.” Feb 19-20 I’ll be her servant all weekend long, meaning that the whole weekend, my time is at her disposal (so don’t expect any new blog entries then). Of course she has to give me time to eat and sleep, but otherwise my time is all hers to decide.

I gave her a similar gift a few years ago. In that case it was Servant for a Day, and it was done on the same day I gave her the gift, so she didn’t have as much time to plan. She kept me busy with various tasks, including periodic foot massages, caring for our daughter, preparing her meals, cleaning and household chores, and even baking a cake. In a strange way it was almost like a vacation for me, since I didn’t have to think or plan my day for a change.

But this time she has a week to plan and two whole days to “spend.” I’m sure she’s already contacting people to get suggestions and ideas. Her face keeps lighting up whenever she thinks of something new. Feel free to send her one of your own if you think of something creative. Perhaps I’ll make a blog entry next week about how it went.

It’s hard to imagine any woman (or man) who wouldn’t enjoy receiving this kind of gift from their significant other. To me it’s a more meaningful way to say “I love you” than giving material objects. It doesn’t cost money, but it isn’t “free,” nor is it a cop-out (as long as you pick a date in advance and don’t just give an IOU). It creates a fun memory, and it’s a creative way to get to know your significant other better. I’d love to receive this gift from her someday, but I think she’s afraid to try it, and justifiably so. Martians and Venutians tend to think differently about such matters. ;)

This gift isn’t copyrighted or trademarked, so feel free to give it to your own SO today if you’re brave enough.

Love ya, Erin! Happy Valentine’s Day!



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