A Valentine's Day propsal? Author and journalist Ali Harris can't think of anything more wonderful...
Hands up: I'm a self-confessed romantic. I write novels about it for a living. So let's for a second imagine a story where an unlucky in love girl meets the man of her dreams and then has something so utterly romantic happen to her on Valentine's Day that it makes all previous ones fade into insignificance. Bigger than a card, bigger even, than a Toblerone or a pair of Agent Provocateur knickers…(Ok, bad examples).
Something of such romantic magnitude that she'll remember it forever: you know, like a proposal from the man she loves.
How could that be considered anything BUT romantic? What's that? It's too common? Not imaginative enough? Hold your (white) horses and give our Knight in shining armour a break! Since when did 'imaginative' become a caveat for romance? Salvador Dali had a bonkers imagination, but I'm not sure the ladies were lining up to marry him.
Granted, a man who chooses to propose on Valentine's day may not be full of surprises, but in marriage I'd take steadfast over surprising any day. And whilst he may not get the best anniversary gift each year, he'll always remember it. Because a guy that chooses Valentine's day - a day dedicated to love for centuries - to make the biggest romantic gesture of his life, suggests to me that he totally buys into what that day represents. And it's not cheap chocolates and fancy knickers (or even cheap knickers and fancy chocolates). This guy wholeheartedly believes that this love, his love is equal and as enduring to any of those in literature, or the history books. Still in doubt? Here's a passage from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, one of the most heart-wrenchingly romantic books ever written.
"I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough."
Now who still thinks a "common" Valentine's proposal isn't good enough?
Ali Harris is an author and blogger at lifestyle blogzine triplemelt.co.uk
Not convinced? You should read: Why You SHOULD NEVER Propose On Valentine's Day, by Glamour Editor Jo Elvin