Happy Valentine’s Day! This is, in fact, one of my favorite holidays of the entire year. When I was in high school, some of my friends only seemed to like Valentine’s Day if they happened to have a boyfriend at the time, but not me. I have always loved the idea of spreading love in the world. Perhaps it’s because my name actually means “Beloved,” or perhaps it’s because I just have a big-ass heart, I don’t know the reason, I just know that this holiday stirs up wonderful feelings in me, and not just the romantic kind.But we have an interesting tradition in my household. We don’t give flowers and we go out to eat on Valentine’s Day. I know, right? And my reasons are pretty clear. Restaurants are too crowded, not only with early reservations, but most restaurants cram in extra two-tops to take advantage of the biggest “dining out” evening of the year. But really, who wants to have an intimate romantic dinner just inches away from the next couple? I don’t want to feel little droplets when the guy next to me sneezes. Ewwww. And the price of flowers skyrockets at Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day — and, unless you’re really springing for the huge arrangements — the quality is lower, because of the sudden high demand.
So for us, it just works better to celebrate Valentine’s with a romantic dinner out a few days before or after Valentine’s day. And a bigger floral arrangement for our anniversary, which is in early March. 🙂
But I go all-out with the kids. Hand-made valentines with heartfelt sentiments (who knew they would treasure these and keep them for years, even as kids?), a special homemade dinner and dessert, a new toy or craft, and treats to share with their classmates. We send valentines to all the grandparents, and the godparents. We talk about kindness, sharing, unconditional love, affection, and all the things that make Valentine’s Day great. We hug… a LOT. Not just on February 14th, but all year long.
I’m not saying you should do this, of course. Today is about love! And by all means, celebrate that any way you see fit ! But remember, it’s much more than just romantic love. There’s neighborly love, motherly love, brotherly love, and much more. What about finding a way to celebrate the things you love most? For me, that includes sunsets, friendship, laughter, traveling, writing, music, and more.
Of course, I’m still laid up from my surgery, so I won’t be doing anything too active this year (no skiing or bowling) but I’m sure my darling husband is planning something special. But just in case no one in your life did anything special for you today, here’s something I created for you — a Valentine’s Blessing from me to you.
by Amy Scott Grant
Today may you see a smiling face, and know that you are loved.
Today may you feel the warmth of the sun and know that you are loved.
Today may you hear laughter, and smile and know that you are loved.
Today may you taste decadent food, and feel satisfied, and know that you are loved.
Today may you smell a fragrant flower, and know that you are loved.
For evidence of love is all around you — see it, feel it, hear it, taste it, smell it.
And know that you are indeed,
Worthy of love.
And you are loved.