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After yesterday’s post, I had lots of comments about the fact that some of you will spend the day on their own, and would give anything to have a partner.
Well, this post is for you. It must indeed be a nightmare to be surrounded by (sometimes) smug couples. On my Tube journey today, people were kissing everywhere. On the platform, waiting for the train. On the Tube, as passionately as possible. On the escalators, blocking the rest of us. I can’t take it any more.

Brick Lane Street Art
The thing is, I am not a huge fan of Public Displays of Affection (PDAs). Quite the opposite, in fact. I believe that if you feel the urge to passionately French-kiss in public, it often means that your love isn’t strong enough in private. I certainly prefer the intimacy of a bedroom to do certain things. I told you, I am becoming an old bore. What I am trying to say is that I feel your pain. I really do.

Brick Lane Street Art
So, here are my suggestions:
1. Watch Bridget Jones with crisps and chocolates. Vodka can help. Ice cream too. Because, seriously, what’s not to like about Bridget Jones? And if you want to indulge in a little bit of self pity, it is totally fine. As long as it’s only for one day, that is. Obviously. So go for it, have a good cry and feel all the better for it;

2.  Celebrate your friends. After all, friendships also need to be celebrated too, right? How about calling some friends to thank them for being a part of your life? Because someone said that money makes you wealthy, but friends make you rich, and it is true;
3.  Visit an exhibition or an art gallery. Art speaks to the soul. I went to Brick Lane today, and despite the biting cold I was mesmerised by the fantastic street art. Street art always does the trick for me. I like the small details of a graffiti, the shape of a window or an old street lamp. It always lifts my spirits;
4. Eat good food. I know, I know, it’s very French. But how about a baking feast? Personally, since I moved to London, I find baking bread therapeutic. I just love it;
5. Rationalise. After all, Valentine’s Day is all about trying to make you buy overpriced chocolates wrapped in pink paper. I am pretty sure that there is a better use of your money;
6. Enjoy your own company. Because seriously, there is nothing wrong with being on your own. I actually quite like it. Dating is overrated;
7. Be grateful for what you have. I have just received a letter from the child I sponsor with a charity, and their school has been destroyed by a mudslide. What were we complaining about again?
On this note, I am sending you good vibes from London. Because I am never alone in London -I just love the energy of this city!
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • You forgot about going on Facebook and seeing who else is posting stuff. If they are on, they’re doing nothing for VD, so why not get on IM and have a good ol’ chat (aided and abetted by crisps, peanuts, chocolate, and of course WINE! or your favourite tipple).

  • I think the problem with Valentine’s Day for people who have no current love in their life is that it’s in their face (as we say in the States) that they are all alone. The rest of the year they go about their business, living, working, going out etc but with VD everywhere they look it’s all love, hearts, roses and candy and it’s hard for them to forget. Your suggestions are excellent. I hope they help those who feel alone.My husband gives me flowers but I much more appreciate them when he brings them home for no reason. VD is just not that important to me. In my family, we give our kids little heart shaped chocolates and maybe a heart shaped bracelet and say just another day to say I love you; we don’t associate it with just couples. In many elementary schools, little children exchange valentine cards expressing their friendship That’s in the same spirit as your suggestion about calling friends..And for those who are alone, I would only add to your suggestions to remember that you can be alone in a relationship. I know too many married couples where that is true.

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    • Muriel Demarcus

      Thanks for the nomination Kohila!

  • Laura Crichton

    I love your suggestions! Watching Bridgit Jones made me laugh but yes – what’s not to love! I love the fight scene ?

    Happy to have found your blog and happy valentines from one city to another xx