Right now I can’t think of any more controversial words. Or words that bring such diametrically opposed reactions.
When I saw that my blogging day fell on Valentines Day, I was a little excited, then the pressure hit. This is the day of love. This is a blog devoted to all things love. I mean we are romance writers. What could I write that would possibly be good enough?
And doesn’t that reaction just fall in line with Valentines Day? What do I give him/her? Will it be enough?
I’ll be the first one to say I love this day. I’ve never been anti-Valentine, though I understand the sentiment a little. Yes, it’s commercial. Yes, it sucks when you don’t have a significant other, but then…not so much.
I was a single mom for many years and started a few traditions I think I’ll keep for as long as I have children in the home. We start celebrating on Feb 1st. I have little mail boxes for each of my children. Every time they show love, I put a little prize in the box and raise the flag. I don’t say anything. There’s no fanfare, but I love seeing their eyes light up when they see that little flag raised. Sometimes they ask and I’ll remind them of their action. Most of the time they’re surprised. Their actions can be as simple as saying: “No you use the ketchup first,” using their Chuck E Cheese tokens to buy a sibling, who didn’t get as many, a prize at the counter, or just walking in the house and hugging someone. It is those little things that really do count. And yup, these are some of this year’s prize winners. We usually do this for a week or so after Valentines Day or when I run out of treats. (Gotta love the Dollar Store)
This year, my husband and I decided instead of individual gifts, we’d buy each other a pay-per-view event that we both really wanted to see and couldn’t really afford. Okay, I’ll tell you, The Royal Rumble. Yes, I love wrestling. I got to see one of my favorite wrestlers, Seamus, kick butt. I got to cuddle on the couch with my husband and didn’t have to eat dinner. Yay Subway! I loved it.
Today, my dear husband stopped me in the hall and said, “You are different from any woman I’ve ever met.”
I paused, waiting, then asked him what he meant.
He went on to say that when I asked for the Royal Rumble for Valentines Day, I really meant it. I didn’t really expect flowers or candy too. I wasn’t just saying it and he could trust that.
That little confession warmed my heart more than a dozen roses. If he had a mailbox, I would have put a treat in it.
Love is shown in so many ways. Sometimes it comes in the shape of flowers, sometimes candy, sometimes it’s just knowing that someone appreciates you and will take the time to tell you that.
And aren’t we the luckiest people in the world that get to explore every facet of the most amazing emotion in existence?
Happy Valentines Day everyone. I wish you much love today and every day!
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