Monday, February 9, 2009

Tell Your Wife She's A Tramp This Valentines Day

That's the thought that goes through my mind every time I see the television ad for Kay Jewelers. The tag line and jingle of 'Every Kiss Begins With Kay' bugs the bejeezus out of me. If every kiss you share is only because that special person in your life just bought you a piece of jewelery, you are nothing short of a ho.

Jonah Goldberg, of National Review, has taken up this topic before.

The message behind the ad diminishes the gift of jewelery and the spirit of Valentine's Day. As opposed to an extra day set aside to tell spouse or special someone in your life how much you love and appreciate them for all that they mean to you or to express a little romantic sentiment that may get lost during the daily vitriol of 'please finish your homework' and 'don't put the cat in the dishwasher', it equates your romantic relationship to turning a trick. Give me diamonds and I'll give you a little sumptin', sumptin'.

Romance is slow dancing in the kitchen and breaking into laughter when your hear the cat crying for help from inside the dishwasher, realizing that you've been duped by a preschooler. Romance is stealing moments together in the midst of life's chaos to kiss while dinner is cooking and the kids are making gagging noises to show their disgust. Romance is making time for each other and to remember how all the insanity that surrounds you started to begin with.

This is not to say that diamonds aren't a romantic gift, but that they should not mean 'I owe you one'. They should mean, I want to give you something as special and precious as you are to me. Then again, if you have children, you've already done this.

There will be no diamonds or jewelery in Weasleville this Saturday, but there will be extra stolen moments and a little twinkle in the eyes, just like any given Saturday. I hope you all have a wonderful and romantic Valentine's Day.

That said, I have to add, I am such a ho.

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Melisa with one S said...

You ho. :)

This was a GREAT post. I'm submitting it to Five Star Friday.

And (obviously) I totally agree with you. Romance is finding the little ways to say "I love you" during any given day in any given moment.


Big Bad Daddy said...

I so don't get diamonds. Does that make me an ass? I've never understood jewelery either for that matter. That's not to say I haven't bought any, I just don't get it, especially diamonds. I don't see what the fuss is all about. Watches are about the closest thing to jewelery that piques any interest for me. I likes watches. But a watch has a use, it does something, useful, I get that. Now a new mountain bike, or some killer headphones, that says love doesn't it?

Tom said...

My wife's not big on jewelry, she doesn't much like chocolate, I get her flowers pretty often just because, and romantic dinners aren't usually known to be all that heart-healthy.

So we have to get creative. At this point... I really have no ideas. As long as she knows I don't think she's a tramp, it's all good.

nonna said...

yep i agree with BBD. i don't get the whole diamonds thing either. i would much rather get something cool like electronics.

that being said i would loooove for my hubby to replace my lost engagement ring/wedding band set, but i would be happy with just a gold band this time around. i'm obviously not mature enough for expensive jewelry since i FREAKING LOST it in the first place. how do you lose something that important??

NukeDad said...

So, jewelers are really pimps? I kind of agree with BBD. Jewelry is nice and all, but nobody needs to be wearing a piece of jewelry around their neck that cost more than my house. A wedding ring? different story; but it shouldn't go much past that.

MightyMom said...

good grief. I quit wearing my engagement ring when the oldest was a baby and haven't worn any jewerly since....what would I do with a diamond?? YELL at him for spending that much money on something so stupid.!

thanks for your comment. glad I made you laugh.

feel free to stop back by anytime!

PS there's two more verses to the Mass adventures!!

WeaselMomma said...

@ Melisa ~ Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

@ Big Bad Daddy ~ I like some jewelery, but have very specific taste. I think the whole 'ooh diamonds' thing has to do with 'pretty and sparkly and mine', just having something special that doesn't get shared with anyone else. That said, I have very little, but what I do have is very special because of certain memories.

@ Tom ~ I think some heart healthy wine next too a hot bubble bath and scented candles while you put Michael to bed would be ultimate romantic!

@ Nonna ~ You lost your wedding ring? And people still have you babysit?

@ Nukedad ~ classier than pimps, more like madams. But I hear ya and your preachin' to the choir.

@ Mighty Mom ~ Mr. Weasel turned me onto you. I will be back to read those. That's some good stuff.

de-I said...

And I always thought it was just because I was cheap. Now I realize that I am a true romantic. This totally makes my day :)

seashore subjects said...

LOL! I have always felt the same way! They remind me of what hubs has said about prom - give to get! (i didn't go with him to prom!)

WeaselMomma said...

@ de-I ~ You sir, are a classic.

@ Seashore ~ I hate that ad campaign, but it must be successful, they use it every year.

Chris H said...

We don't usually 'celebrate' Valentines Day in this house... I know he loves me TOTALLY each and every day, as he knows I love him too. Though, I would like to be a ho... I LOVE DIAMONDS!

Mike said...

And I thought Weasels liked shiny things?

Momisodes said...

Such a wise post. I couldn't agree more. That commercial drives me nuts.

Bad Momma said...

What?? He didn't go to Jared"s???? (reference to another annoying commercial).

Michelle said...

Hmm. I don't want anything for Valentine's Day. I won't wear the jewelry. I'm not into chocolate. My cats eat flowers. I suppose it works out well that my husband will be at tournament all day long then, huh? ;)

And I HATE the Jarod commercials, too. "HE WENT TO JAROD!!!" Whatever. Yet more reason to avoid the chain stores, right?

The Microblogologist said...

Oh thank goodness I thought I might be the only one! I am so sick of all the jewelry commercials, the cell phone commercials are also getting on my nerves. All these ads saying that one should buy their significant other all these expensive gifts, pretty ridiculous if you ask me! Definitely with MightyMom, I would not want a stupid rock that cost a fortune and reminds me of the picture on the front page of the Daily a week or so ago, 17 year old African boy without hands because he was a pawn in the diamond wars over there.

I think I'll know "the one" when he gives me a plant or something I'm really into instead of some cliche gift that really doesn't interest me, lol.

HIP_M0M said...

This made me LMAO...coming from someone who gets jewelry on every occasion from said Jewelry Store. I cringe every time I see one of their commercials...and now I have that stupid jingle in my head. I know it's the thought that counts, but please! Something original would be nice for a change.

RhondaLue said...

just this title of your post made my week! LOVE IT!

I'm not into jewelry. I know lots of people that are very interested in upgrading their wedding band/rock set and go them! But for me, I couldnt be less interestedif I tried. Doesn't matter a bit to me. get me an AVON knock off anyday so when I lose it I won't feel bad...and it still sparkles!

WeaselMomma said...

@ Chris ~ I'm with you.

@ Mike ~ Oh, we do. It's just not an I owe you one.

@ Momisodes ~ We are not alone.

@ Bad Momma ~ Those commercials are beyond cheesy too.

@ Michelle ~ Those commercials seriously make me crawl in my skin. "Do you have brothers???" SLAP!

@ Micro ~ Maybe he will give you a nice virus!

@ Hip Mom ~ That is too funny! Good luck on Saturday!

@ Rhonda ~ Maybe a nice Disney Princess locket???

Cheffie-Mom said...

"Romance is slow dancing in the kitchen and breaking into laughter when your hear the cat crying for help from inside the dishwasher, realizing that you've been duped by a preschooler." ---- LOVE IT!! AND SO TRUE!!

Thank you for being a part of my Valentine's Day segment!

Oscar said...

No, you are no "ho". ( I hete ghetto expressions) I agree with everything you say. But again I think diamonds are wasted rocks.

I treat my woman good all the time. I expect nothing. What I get is a gift.

A good hug does me fine. Ok a quick feel too.

Father Muskrat said...

So, like, you're Santa Claus?

terri said...

You're GOOD! Way to pull it together there in the end!

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Ha - LOVED that!

Romance is giving your kids a bath so your wife won't have to. Or picking up an arm-band holder for your wife's iPod when you know she'd like one for working out.

Romance is not buying something expensive for the sake of placating your wife. ;-)

Anonymous said...

That sounds just like my parents. Kissing in the kitchen! EWWWWW...gross..... until I grew up to realize that I want that too! This Valentine's Day, the boy and I are volunteering at a retirement community. I think that is a pretty great way to start our first valentine's Day! Hope you have a good one... Did you put the cat on Pots-and-pans??? ;)

Mama Smurf said...

You have absolutely NO idea how glad I am you added that last line!


*bowing my head in shame*

OhCaptain said...

I've never heard a better for not buying my wife a present! Thanks!

I do prefer the stolen moments myself. The more creative the better. Romance is still cooking in our house.

texasholly said...

I think being a good ho is being a ho on YOUR terms, not Kay Jewelers...

ho ho ho

k a t i e said...

LoL @ The Ho thing. It's totally true about the sentiment being wrong- still, having said that, I wouldn't mind a massive rock or three on my finger this V Day.

Mrs4444 said...

There's a local jeweler here that has an ad that ends with, "We do it, because we love you," meaning me, the customer. Such CRAP. I am close to calling them and bitch slapping them over the phone.

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