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Women want simplicity on Valentine's Day. For the last three Valentine's Days, I have gathered my daughter's teenage daughter and the children of two of my daughter and son-in-law's friends, cooked dinner for the couples, served appetizers, had the moms escorted to the dinner table by the sons or a male and the dads escorted to the table by their daughters.

The full meal is prepared and served by the children and myself. It is imperative that the children give Valentine's cards to the mothers, along with some type of verbal appreciation. The women love it, and they get a day off, as well. The husbands are saved from having to plan a sometimes hassled night out at overcrowded restaurants. Simplicity is the key.

— Shelia of Sauk Village, Illinois