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A Perfect Valentine

I admit, I’m not much of a fan of St. Valentine’s Day. From the very first heart that I tore out of paper (fold in half and tear around the edges for a perfectly symmetrical heart) and gave to my mother (who was the kindergarten teacher) to the elaborate boxes of candy, balloons, flowers, and dinner that nearly bankrupted me while courting, Valentine’s Day has seemed like a reason to hide in a closet rather than go out and celebrate. It builds great expectations with little return and seems like a forced holiday.

But this year, I have it mastered.

The DW often tells me that nothing turns her on like a clean house. But it seems that only she can clean the house to her standard. If I spend the day cleaning until I see everything as spotless, she will come in and clean up after me. I believe it is something fundamental in the way men and women see housecleaning. Some of us are more handicapped than others in that area. Sweeping under the sofa is the equivalent of degreasing the top of the engine in your car. Why?

So this year, I’ve come across a coupon for a free vacuum cleaner tune-up with the purchase of bags. It’s perfect. We need vacuum cleaner bags (we have two dogs). The tune-up won’t cost anything, so it’s financially responsible. And the DW will find it easier to have a clean house, ergo…

Well, as I see it, it’s a win, win, win situation.

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