John and I work pretty close to each other. We almost always have. Even so, we rarely meet up during the day - maybe only once every couple of years. John goes to the gym at lunchtime and is reluctant to miss a day unless it's for something special - usually lunch with a friend that he doesn't often get to see. So when I got an IM this morning saying 'It's too sunny to go to the gym - fancy lunch and a walk?' I jumped at the opportunity.
We see each other every morning and evening, but there is something special about taking extra time out just the two of us. I love it when we go out for dinner - no tv, no distractions - which we do fairly frequently. We rarely go anywhere fancy, but it's the time together rather than the quality of food which we relish. We have no kids, but still strongly embrace that theory that 'date night' is good for a relationship, even if technically we could sit and talk any night of the week.
With Valentines coming up, I know a lot of couples that feel the pressure to do something big. We don't celebrate Valentines day, not because we don't think it is important to celebrate our relationship, but more because we feel we're good enough at celebrating our relationship year-round so don't need a culturally mandated day to do so.
There's no doubt in my mind: an unexpected lunchdate is far better than an expensive dinner and bunch of flowers on a day that everyone else sees as 'special'. It's the little things that count.