Happy Valentine's Dinner!
Happy Valentine's Day, everybody! It turned out as a result of a period of media-perpetrated Valentine's Day browbeating, which I wasn't even aware of, that we had a romantic Valentine's dinner at home. Gabriel, having been exposed to innumerable Valentine's ads on TV in Italy and in US online newspapers, was worried that he had already missed The Big Day and came home early (before me) bearing roses and fillets of sole. Now, roses are nice but fillet of sole (dear God, tell me they aren't overfished!) will win me over any day. So we dined on that plus Gabriel's signature creamy mashed potatoes and a squeeze of lemon.
I do feel bad that G., my kitchen man, made this meal partly out of a sense of responsibility, having heard the message time and again that you have to buy your wife things on Valentine's Day in order to show your love. This IS after all an invented holiday, but I'm still really touched. He's such a sweetie. Happy Valentine's day!