All the way into high school my dad always gave his girls a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. I remember elaborate fabric covers of heart shaped boxes and cardboard ones with Snoopy and sometimes just regular Russel Stover. My mom always got a big one and Maggie and me smaller. Despite this fantastic memory, I went through many years of hating Valentine’s Day. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn’t have a Valentine very often. (Although, it was always nice to know that at least I had my dad.) Being without a Valentine is hard in high school. Did your high school have the chocolates or carnations for sale that you could send to your sweetheart/friends? They were delivered in the middle of class making it really obvious who did and did not have someone special on Valentine’s Day. I hated that experience. I still didn’t love Valentine’s Day when Sean and I started dating, but oh my goodness Sean wanted to celebrate. We were together and who cares that this holiday was created by a greeting card company because we are in love and we are CELEBRATING! Perhaps subjected to the same Valentine’s disappointment as myself he wanted to make sure that everyone knew that he was Valentine-less no more! I love Valentine’s Day now thanks to my husband. I get that you shouldn’t need a holiday to express your love to your significant other, but at the same time it’s nice to have a special day dedicated to love. Even though it’s easy to tell someone you love them every day, it’s also easy to get bogged down in the rest of the everyday happenings. Having a special occasion to express your love is nice. At least for me. I think I get bogged down in the every day often and really enjoy the opportunities where I’m dragged out.
Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you love it or hate it, I hope that love finds you today. Whether you have an official Valentine or not, remember your first love, yourself. (Gag, sorry, but it’s true!) And I bet there’s a dad or a mom or a best friend or an aunt or uncle or someone who loves you tremendously and would love to give you an elaborately fabric covered heart shaped box of chocolates if they only knew how channel my dad. Maybe a call would suffice.
If nothing else, delight in Valentine’s Day through the eyes of a child. I stumbled upon this video when I was exploring the videos associated with the Small Fry Blog on Vimeo. Please watch this. How can you not enjoy children answering questions about love, dates, and babies. It’s delightful. There’s a lot of sweet (“I want to marry my daddy!”) and a lot of funny (“Fur coat and high heels” in response to things you love). It’s sure to make your Valentine’s Day bright.
And again, Happy Valentine’s Day!