DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My wife plans elaborate Valentine's Day dinners for me, and all I do is bring home the red roses and the gift. Big yawn. She's so great and always does the creative stuff for me and I'm always the predictable husband. What could I bring her home for the dinner that would make her face light up? I haven't thought of anything. -- Boring Husband, Ft. Richmond
Dear Boring: Don't stop bringing home the roses and a beautiful card, but jazz it up by adding champagne and sparklers this year. Kill the lights, play your special song as a couple, and ignite the sparklers. She will be delighted. Don't worry too much that she does the creative stuff and you can't compete. Most creative people get a huge kick out of staging dramatic scenes and don't like to be upstaged too much. What they love is amazement and applause, which you can handle, no problem. Champers-and-sparks will be just the right amount of torque from your side to show you're not just doing "same old, same old" with no thought behind it, but you are feeling passionate love for her.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I don't have a boyfriend this year and neither do two of my best friends. We were talking at work and we don't know what to do. Should we stay home and cry in our beer or go out to a bar, or watch romantic movies and talk about better times to come. One of our trio just broke up with her guy and, frankly, It's a little dicey taking her anywhere on this sentimental night. -- Three Amigas
Dear Amigas: Order in some great food, or cook together, and rent two or three old movies that are upbeat and funny -- not heavy-duty romantic or anything she will have seen with her ex-boyfriend. Give your broken-hearted friend a choice of three you pre-picked for her. Foreign films can be fun and the original Cage Aux Folles (1978) with Ugo Tagnazzi and Michel Serrault has hilarious subtitles. She'll be too busy reading them to think of other things. Don't like subtitles? Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) starring Audrey Hepburn is a fun pick for girlfriends. For laughing out loud, check out Some Like It Hot (1959) with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. P.S. Consider planning a trip together over dinner to one of the deep discount sell-offs to sunspots in March and April. Nothing like a trip to a fun place far away to gain some perspective on exes back here.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I just found out my lady friend, who is 71, is in love with me. I have been in love with her for quite some time. Her friend told me that welcome news and I want to say something to her over our planned Valentine's night dinner at a nice restaurant in town. But, in my day, saying "I love you" was tied to marriage. I'm not sure if I want to get married again, to be honest. Please advise. -- Time for My Confession of Love? Winnipeg
Dear Confession: It's too early to have to say anything about a marriage commitment but you can explain you don't know where this will lead, though you've known for some time it's what you feel for her. She will like that honesty because she may not know if she wants to get married either. Some women may feel it'd be taking on a caretaking role that they may no longer have the desire of strength for at this stage, on a day-to-day basis. So say "I love you" from your heart and don't worry about the future at this point. Just enjoy this stage of mutual love and admiration and see what happens!