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Raising a Glass to Being Single on Valentine’s Day

Posted on | February 9, 2015 | Written by Janice Cable | No Comments

tumblr_lgdc5gsc1j1qc99wdo1_500I’m all for love; however, I’m single. I am, in fact, happily single. I was happily single on Christmas, happily single on New Year’s, and, most germane, happily single on Valentine’s Day. I think the last Valentine’s Day I spent with a boyfriend was in 2010, though I could be wrong about the year; we went out for an overpriced, underwhelming dinner and drank some sort of fancy-pants beer.

While it’s pretty easy as a single woman to feel oppressed by Valentine’s Day’s ubiquity, I don’t  feel it. On this holiday, I do the same thing I do on other nights when I’m not out on a date—I wear what I feel like wearing, eat what I feel like eating, and drink what I feel like drinking, and I feel good about it. It helps that I know that the holiday is specious and fictional, but I don’t need much help to feel fine on my one-some.

I do, however, like to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. There’s no reason why Valentine’s Day can’t celebrate the most important relationship you’ll ever have—the one you have with yourself. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance,” Oscar Wilde once said, and he was not wrong. And just as you like to romance another with candlelight and good wine on this greeting card holiday, it’s an equally excellent opportunity to buy a bottle of something you might not otherwise and share it with yourself. I’m particularly drawn to this 2000 Sassicaia. I think a bottle of fourteen-year-old Sassicaia would definitely remind me of how much I love me.

Half bottles are lovely gifts to give yourself, because they’re perfectly portioned for one. It’s hard to store an opened bottle of Champagne properly, but a split lets you pop and drink, and toast to your life. You don’t have to cap it or store it; you just have to sit back and enjoy it. And if you happen to have someone to share it with, you can. It’s an option. I’m also much enamored of dessert wines, traditionally sold in small bottles, because I like my wine drinking to continue to my dessert eating.

Here’s to loving ourselves fully on Valentine’s Day—or any other day—whether we’re half of a content couple or happily single.

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