Ben and I never make a big deal about Valentines Day. We actually just order in food and rent Wood Allen films – and because Ben says Woody Allen annoys him, I take this allowance as a sign of his love. This year as been a bit different, because we just got engaged, so my gift is that my Ayurveda-inspired ring has arrived! Hooray!
Now, I’m a bit anxious about this because I have lost almost every ring that I own because I take them off when I do facials and forget to put them back on (or accidentally throw them out with the facial debris).
The last ring I lost was actually some sort of couple ring that my mom gave us after buying them for us while away. And for personal reasons, Ben was a bit upset about it (he’s gonna kill me for telling this story on the internet). They had two silver rings with matching gold hearts embossed onto each (Jean loves buying us matching things – namely sweaters). But while its hardly romantic wearing rings your mom bought you, it would be rude not to wear them.
So we did what any other couple does, we started to use them as part of a couple cheer that we would only do in private (we are major dorks when we’re alone). We’d put our rings together, hearts touching and cry out “Couple Power!” This was a-la Captain Planet and the Planeteers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the cartoon, a group of eco-conscious kids would call upon captain Planet to save the world from various polluting villains by putting together their magical rings (each ring with a different element decorating it). I never understood why the whole episode they would try to fight the evil villain on their own only to resort to conjuring up the power of Captain Planet within the last five minutes of the show where he would save the day.
Well, anyway, we would do the same thing but scream “Couple Power!”, and this would usually be followed by me exclaiming “To Whole Foods!” I don’t really know how buying expensive produce makes you a super hero – but it was fun nonetheless. And to me, it really signified how teamy our relationship is, and how silly Ben and I allowed ourselves to be when we were together (we also have dared each other to do headstands while the other takes photos of it for proof, and held raced each other for who can get their jacket on faster ….Admittedly, I “won” by putting my first arm into my sleeve – then sticking it into his empty sleeve so he couldn’t put his arm in. What?! There are no rules in coat wars!). So, it was a sad day when I came home to tell him that couple power was no more and that it was probably in the trash along with used cotton pads.
But now I have a new ring – and as long as I don’t lose it – hopefully there will be many years of couple power and the like.
So, in the name of Valentine’s Day, I just want to wish you all a wonderful day full of love (romantic or platonic) – and say that I hope that you too have someone who is your partner in crime, and brings out your most ridiculous. Even if its a pal, a little brother or your children…its all a form of couple power.