We are quickly approaching the Day of Love. It's the day during the year when love is talked about more than any other time, and most of the connotations have to do with romantic love. I have had my share of romantic love stories over the years. Stories of great gifts, lousy gifts, and teenage heartbreak on the day when love is supposed to be magical. There are women out shopping this very moment for the right lingerie to make Valentine's Day magical in the you-know-what department. There are men making expensive restaurant reservations so that they don't come up short when they get home from work and find no dinner and the wife already dressed up and ready to party (or at least eat out). The men are catching a break this year because Valentine's Day falls on Sunday and they have an entire day to come up to speed before the evening hours catch them unprepared.
I've talked about Valentine's Day before and how the hubs and I celebrate. Pretty much we don't. We feel that we don't really need a day to celebrate our love; we try and do that every day. Cheezy, but oh-so-true. Plus, have you ever tried to get into a nice restaurant on Valentine's Day? It's like all the crazies come out for the very first time and decide they simply have to eat at that restaurant on that day because, well, it's Valentine's Day! Some of us very lucky ones have been blessed to find "the one" in our lives. We have found soul mates. And even though it's not always exemplary of a marriage made in heaven, we can't imagine life without this man that day in, day out, for better or worse, sleeps beside us each night. We have shared experiences, made babies together, suffered through hard times, skipped through good times, and he is the one who fills in all the gaps when life gets a little like a piece of swiss cheese -- filled with holes and pretty stinky. But then there are others who for, whatever reason, are not sharing Valentine's Day this year with their significant other simply because there is no significant other. This Valentine's Day post is for you, baby!
When our children were young, we celebrated Valentine's Day as a family. We cooked a great meal together (with a special dessert), ate as a family with candlelight, decorated the living room with paper hearts and banners, and put on music and danced. Those are great memories now that won't ever be forgotten. May I make another suggestion? Even though there might not be a romantic interest in your life right now, don't let the big day come and go without showing your affection for someone you love and whom you know loves you. It might be your parents, your BFF, your children, a work associate...it literally could be anyone who has found a place of adoration in your heart. Chances are, they are feeling a little under the romantic-love-weather as well and could use a pick-me-up for this overly commercialized holiday. One of my favorite things to do for Valentine's Day in the past has been to remember those folks that might not be remembered on this day. It might be the little old lady in your neighborhood who lost her husband this past year, I don't know. But I do know that we all have people in our lives who need love. Be creative!
Which brings me to another thought for this holiday. I consider myself a creative and I love paper crafts and all things having to do with cutting, folding, and gluing paper. As you can see in the photo, I have already been stocking up on cute paper bags and stickers. It's the perfect holiday to indulge your inner-craft person that you know is longing to emerge. I found these adorable bags, stickers, and baker's twine at my local Target but Michael's and Hobby Lobby have equally cute ideas for crafting a homespun Valentine's Day. Fill up little goody bags and give them to anyone -- even strangers. As a child, I have wonderful memories of buying a box of cutie-pie valentines (a whole $1.29 for an entire box) and then sharing them with my classmates. We hand-delivered them to the (also adorable) Valentine boxes we each crafted out of shoeboxes. You can still find a box for $1.29 but the quality is indeed less. People don't save things anymore. Today's boxed Valentine's are what I call instant...readable, then thrown away. So sad. To this day, vintage Valentines hold a special place in my heart -- no pun intended!
There are two other things I absolutely love at this time of the year...CHOCOLATE AND FLOWERS!!!! There is no better time than Valentine's Day to indulge in these two luxuries, but any other day of the year will work as well. And you know what? You don't have to wait to be given chocolate or flowers. I treat myself to chocolate numerous times over the course of the year (uh, or the week) -- and flowers as well! My sweet little daddy keeps a bowl of Hershey kisses in his room at his assisted living which he shares with all the staff who come in to check on him and it's no wonder that those ladies LOVE my dad! We don't have to wait for any holiday to indulge in this "super food" which can legally be called that now because of the benefits found in quality dark chocolate. A small square of the rich stuff is enough to satisfy and provide important brain nutrients which rev up your feel-good factor. Ditto with flowers. If there's anything that cheers me up more on a cold winter's day, I don't know what it is. Indulging in fresh flowers any old day of the year brings spring in the winter, happiness when you're feeling blue, and solid proof that Valentine's Day is the snobbiest of all holidays!
At any rate, hope you have a happy Valentine's Day, with or without Mr. Right!
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