By: Megan Bell

As February 14 approaches every year, ladies automatically grow excited with anticipation. Whether they have a special someone, a crush, or whatever, they are curious to the many possibilities the day may bring.

I’ve never been with someone around Valentine’s Day, so I haven’t had any experiences that give me positive or negative feelings about the date. Therefore, I became curious as to the best and worst Valentine’s Days that people have endured. I went on a quest to find a couple of the best and worst anonymous stories.


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    Ancient Hearts

    “First I want to say that this gift was given with the best of intentions, it just ended badly.  I have always loved artichokes and artichoke hearts. So, on our first Valentine’s Day I was excited to see that my girlfriend had given me a very large, decorative glass urn of artichoke hearts. It turns out that she saw it on display at a local restaurant.  She persuaded the restaurateur to sell them to her.  I immediately opened it and ate one. There was a very distinctive smell and taste. She was so excited about her gift.  During the night she fed me about 5 more after which time I became violently ill and was taken to the emergency room. It turns out the artichokes had been in the window since the restaurant opened 17 years ago. My gift ended up being a case of botulism. I remained in the hospital for 5 days and lost 12 pounds. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right? That was 20 years ago and we are about to celebrate our 21st Valentine’s Day and are more in love than ever!

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    New Dress, New Beginnings

    “I’m not a big believer in the Valentine’s ritual of enforced couple hood, but maybe that’s down to personal history. There's nothing like the Valentine's Day when you have everything planned and your date doesn't turn up. Sure, things had been on the rocks for a while. And it was a long-distance relationship. But when you've gone all out on a home-cooked meal and are sat at home wearing a new dress, thinking this is the last chance to paper over the cracks…and his phone keeps going through to voicemail? You know exactly where you stand.

    But there’s a happy ending of sorts – two Valentine’s later, I was on a date with the man who became my husband – snapped a photo of us together, smiling happily and drinking cider… and realized I was wearing that same dress the ex never saw.”

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    Sweet Flowers

    "My most romantic Valentine's Day was last year. My husband kept me completely in the dark about what he was doing. At lunch that day, he called me to tell me to go and look in my car. There, I found a note saying, 'Roses are red, chrysanthemums are blue...' Lo and behold, there was a blue chrysanthemum on the seat of my car. When I got home, there were rose petals on the doorstep. I went inside and saw a rose petal path leading all the way to a table, where he had laid out a dozen roses and a gift basket full of bath gels and soaps. Then I found the rest of the poem! It was so romantic. The rest of it read: 'Chocolates are sweet and so are you.' He had attached a chocolate rose to that card."


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    Puppy Love

    “My first Valentine’s Day with my fiancé was in 2004 and it was amazing. That January, I’d been looking online for a puppy and found a little Chihuahua I loved. I wanted more information about the dog but had to work, so my now-fiancé said he’d call and talk to the breeder for me. Later, he called to tell me the puppy had been sold. I was crushed.

    A month later, on the day before Valentine’s Day, I walked into his apartment and found a card waiting for me. As I was reading it, his dog came running towards me. I started playing with him and then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw this tiny little dog run past me with several bows around his neck. I started squealing as my fiancé said, “Do you recognize him?” He had not only bought my Chihuahua, Tony, but had arranged for him to be driven from Missouri and had picked him up at 1 a.m. Tony is the greatest gift anyone has ever given me – and that Valentine’s Day remains the very best one of my life.”