If you had told me the first 25 years of my life that I would actually find something to look forward to on Valentines Day, I would have rolled my eyes and labeled you crazy. It has nothing to do with being in a relationship or being single, I have never been the mushy gushy type.
My first serious boyfriend was in high school. I remember not knowing him well enough to know if we would exchange gifts, go to dinner, or ignore the day together. I had to do something, so a few days before Valentine’s Day I whipped up a batch of cookies, put them in a tin, and placed them on his car while he was at basketball practice. Attached was a note that said, “will you be my valentine?” Cheesy? Absolutely! A few years later he told me how much that meant to him, and I believe I probably rolled my eyes. I tried so hard to embrace that day but I just didn’t have it in me.
It wasn’t until about three years ago that I noticed as February approached I was checking my mail often. I wasn’t looking for anything from a boyfriend or a love interest, but I was hoping I’d get a card from my dad. I never really thought about it, but every once in awhile my dad would do a small gesture for Valentine’s Day like send a card, or find a box of chocolates that only has milk chocolate caramel’s in them (my favorite’s).
It turned out that I look forward to Valentine’s day afterall. This tiny gesture that took my dad maybe thirty seconds to do gave me a week worth of happiness.
In that moment, I decided that I was going to make the time around Valentine’s Day a time to give tiny unexpected tokens of love to different people I cared about.
Last year, I mailed funny Justin Bieber valentines, temporary tattoos included of course, to some of my closest friends. It surprised many of them, made them laugh, and they felt thought of. As each one of them received their card, I received funny and thoughtful thank you texts all week. I found myself excited to hear from them and was reminded of all the people who I love and love me back.
Valentine’s Day comes once a year whether we ignore it, embrace it, love it, hate it or are completely indifferent to it. Why not make it a day that we can celebrate the love that we do have in our life and showing them how much we love them back?
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