This was sent to me by an anonymous reader:
It's that time of year again: Valentine's Day. It's a time when men are castigated for being unromantic, too obsessed with sports, uncaring, and just not that "loving."
In the minds of the female-focused mainstream media and retail industries, it's a great way to guilt-trip men into buying more jewelry, flowers, restaurant meals, and whatnot. But never mind that we've commercialized another holiday that's not supposed to be commercialized.
What's this about men not being loving? Nothing could be farther from the truth. Men, in my estimation, are actually very loving. They just don't show it in the way that the media-and-retail-industrial complex portrays it. So how do men show their love? Here are just a few ways that few people notice or give men credit for:
Men show their love by waking up at 2 AM and schlepping to the store in the rain to buy a quart of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream when a late night craving strikes.
Men show their love by checking out the things that go bump in the night, whether they're stray dogs or burglars.
Men show their love by not only obvious acts of chivalry, like opening doors, but also scraping the windshield, shoveling the sidewalk, dispatching the spiders, and taking out the trash to spare their women from these and other unpleasant jobs.
Men show their love by working in jobs that are boring, difficult, risky, stressful, dangerous, and even life-threatening so that their wives can work in jobs that are comfortable, safe, fun, and easy - or not at all.
Men show their love by worrying about what's going on in the world so their women don't have to.
Men show their love by doing those things on their "honey do" lists when they'd rather be watching the game.
Men show their love by fixing the things that are broken, whether it's a faucet or a heart.
To make a long story short, men show their love through their actions. After all, actions do speak louder than words. So ladies, if you think your man isn't romantic or loving, think again.
A Reader from Pennsylvania (It's sad that we live in a society in which he feels he had to write this anonymously.)