I have always loved Valentine’s Day.Since I am a hopeless romantic it’s pretty much a given that I love Valentine’s Day.
(Okay, I confess, I love just about every holiday, but still….)
I love the idea of a day that’s just dedicated to love.
People doing sweet things.
Surprise flower deliveries, sweet and chocolate – oh my!
Even so, Valentine’s Day and I have had a sort of torrid relationship. Sometimes we’re the best of pals and other years it has been a total bitch. Life, right? And yet I love it still. Because love is like that, not always flowers and chocolate but always worth it.
Now that I have kids I think I love the holiday more than I ever did before. It’s less about romantic love but just love in general. Love for everyone.
Love for ourselves.
Easy, simple, natural love.
We’ve already done our Valentine’s Day cards for the two third grade classrooms. We’re not giving out candy this year but are giving out cute pencils along with the cards. We’ll also bring cupcakes delicately decorated in pink icing and sprinkles. Even Lovebug will bring Hello Kitty magic pen pads to everyone at daycare.
Every Valentine’s Day morning my kids come downstairs to find cards, chocolates and whatever little chotskies I find, like light up heart rings, or pens with big fluffy hearts on the end.
But the best part is the card.
I want my girls to know that they are loved. That they don’t need to get a card from the cutest boy (or girl) in class, or from a secret admirer. I want them to know that they aren’t only loved but they are love. And that’s reason enough for chocolate and glitter.
Even when you tell someone you love them everyday there’s just something a little special about saying it in a glittery card. Just the little extra effort in the morning to make the table all cute, or to start the day with a chocolate kiss.
Because it really is the little things in life that are the big things.
Even if you don’t have a sweetie or a lover, or kids, you can still celebrate love.
Because we are all Love. It is our very essence.
Don’t have a date – take yourself out. Buy yourself flowers or candy!
In fact, have flowers delivered to your office for you (but plan in advance because you’ll never be able to get a last minute delivery on V-Day), and sit them on your desk and enjoy their beauty.
And if anyone asks who they’re from tell them, “Someone who loves me very much.”
Wear a pretty dress. Throw on some lip gloss and some sexy lingerie. And don’t forget to tell yourself how pretty you are one the way out the door.
Because it really is the little things in life that are the big things. You are worthy of flowers and sweetness and something a little extra special just because.
So be your own damned Valentine. And go and be love, beloved.