Romeos sought for Valentines Day

IAN ALLEN
Last updated 10:00 14/02/2013
Melissa Hedley
Any excuse: Discussing Valentines Day at Sustain Hair and Well-being Spa in Blenheim yesterday are, from left, senior stylist Melissa Hedley, owner Cheryl Simpson and client Kris Gibson, getting her hair done for the special day

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Valentines Day is a perfectly good excuse for men to splash the cash on their better halves, a group of married women say.

They were talking about their husbands and their Valentines Day aspirations at a Blenheim beauty salon yesterday.

One of the women was getting her hair done in expectation of a romantic meal-for-two with her hubby tonight.

"I'm assuming we will go out for dinner to my favourite restaurant, where I will be presented with a large bouquet of red roses," Kris Gibson said.

"I think it's a good excuse to give your fair lady a lovely gift. Or a good excuse to boost our retail economy."

Mrs Gibson, married for 38 years, was getting her hair styled at Sustain Hair and Well-being Spa on Henry St.

She believed men put less effort into Valentines Day the longer they were married, she said.

Spa owner Cheryl Simpson wasn't sure what her husband of 18 years had planned for today. "We will just have to wait and see," she said yesterday.

"It'll probably be nothing. I would like to say it's a bit of a cliche but what woman would ever get sick of flowers and chocolates."

Her husband could be romantic when he tried, Mrs Simpson said.

"He surprised me once with a box full of what I thought were perishables like chocolate oranges. However, below the chocolates, and under the crumbled newspaper, was a stash of cash he had been saving.

He said ‘This is a holiday for two, you choose where'."

That was their first year after tying the knot, Mrs Simpson said.

"He led me into a false pretence, I thought ‘is this going to get better every year'. It didn't."

Senior stylist Melissa Hedley said she wasn't a Valentines Day kind of girl.

She was more looking forward to her third wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. "My kids are more excited about Valentines Day than I am."

She once sent a bunch of flowers to her husband's workplace on Valentines Day. They arrived at lunch time in front of all his colleagues, she said.

"I think he secretly loved it. He is quite a romantic kind of guy. He wanted a big white wedding - I was happy with a barbecue."

The three women agreed that Valentines Day was more for teenagers or single people.

Valentines Day cards were supposed to be a surprise, Mrs Simpson said.

And anonymous.

"I used to look forward to it then," she said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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