Oh Valentine’s Day. A day so many people choose to despise despite your best efforts to remind people of love.
Listen, I know Valentine’s day is a “Hallmark” holiday. You don’t need your partner to buy you flowers one day a year. Blah-dee-blah-blah. I get it. I totally get it. And you’re right, your partner should remind you daily that you’re loved. You may not receive flowers or chocolates or little gifties every day, but the words and the actions had best be there more than one day a year. I 100% agree with you.
Even my husband and I husband don’t “celebrate” Valentine’s day (mostly because our birthdays are both less than a week ago and who has that kind of money?!) but you can bet your sweet buns that on this day, when I have crazy schedules and oodles on my brain, the hearts and commercials remind me to take a moment to show him I love him. And yes, I do need reminders. Thank goodness for Valentine’s day.
I’m also reminded to celebrate this day of love with everyone around me. What’s so bad about a day reminding people to tell someone you love them? How can we hate a day like that? I don’t get it.
I see post after post about how ridiculous Valentine’s Day is and I always think “Why?”. Why is this day ridiculous?
Can’t we all use a reminder to be kind and love one another? During a time of great fear, stress, change and upheavel, isn’t it kind of nice to step back and have love forced down our throats? Even simple reminder of hearts being drawn on cookies or in your coffee, I think it’s nice to see people make an effort to show kindness, love and gratitude.
Of course it’d be nice if we showed kindness, love and gratitude every day and there are people out there who try to do so. But, there are a lot of people who get bogged down in the stress that is work, Motherhood, deadlines, demands and expectations. So, isn’t it kinda nice to have a day where we can remind people that love is out there and all it takes is a smile, a kind word and, if possible, a super lovey-squeezy, gooey card to remind them of the words we so often forget to say?
You don’t need to buy gifts to make Valentine’s Day special. This day is about love and at the heart of it (get it…heart of it) I choose to accept these messages of love from any and all willing to give them. People tend to go out of their way when they’re reminded to show some love.
So thank you Valentine’s Day. I don’t need your chocolates or flowers or gifties…I do need your love. And, I appreciate the reminder to step back from my oh-so-busy day and celebrate love and all the people I choose to share my heart with.
From my heart to yours, I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you are thoroughly loved all year love (hubba hubba) and feel that love in your heart for the next 365 days.
With extreme love and gratitude,