Dear EFAP: forgot Valentine’s Day

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OMG I forgot Valentine’s Day and I am big time in the dog house. What can I do? Any suggestions?

– Dude in the dog house

Dear dude in the dog house

Well yes, forgetting this holiday was not your best move so you will need to do a bit of mea culpa. I think it definitely wise to fall on your sword on this one my friend. Most girls (but certainly not all) hope to get something from their fella on Valentine’s Day. It is not necessary that it be lavish but rather that it reflects that you care for her. And if the day goes by and nothing arrives, they can feel hurt.

You are, however, human and humans make mistakes. A sincere apology will go a long way, and flowers or a gift even if it is late, will likely still be appreciated.  When you do something like this, however you choose to do it,  it is about making her feel loved, cared for, appreciated, and special.

Honestly, saying you are sorry perhaps while bearing flowers and asking her how you might be able to make it up to her might be a thoughtful and respectful way to go. Taking the time to listen to how she felt by you missing it this year, and then acting on the idea she puts forth on how to make it up to her, might be helpful possibilities for you to consider. Good luck. And next year, dude, mark it in your Outlook calendar.

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