In my recent adult life I have mostly avoided holidays. Especially the ones made up by the greeting card industrial complex. Today feels like one of those days I want to ignore. In the very early stages of a relationship – it was the case last year and it’s also the case this year – it is easy to avoid the overblown importance and excess of Valentine’s Day. A small gesture is fine, because it acknowledges the societal norms but doesn’t create a “too early” awkward situation. Sorry, no roses this year.