Huh. Maybe I got it wrong. I never liked Valentine’s Day all that much. We all know it was made up by Hallmark to sell more cards and it seems like the only ones who really feel anything on February 14th are the ones who feel left out.
Like Tim in 3rd grade who received not one punched out piece of paper stuck in a small white envelope. The rest of us in the class crammed piles of cards into brown paper bags at our desks, but no Snoopy or Scooby Doo Valentines for Tim, not one from anyone—including me.
(And it is my just reward that I still feel shame for that all these years later.)
And then there are adults who seem to make a big deal out of what just isn’t. Those in a romantic relationship don’t need a holiday to show their love to one another (but shell out for cards and candy and dinners anyway), and the rest often feel—unnecessarily—left out.
This year, though, I have a change of heart (hee hee).
Last night a new friend, Patricia, brought in handmade Valentines cards to our arting group. They were so lovely and heart-felt! She took time to decorate, package and write personal notes of gratitude to each of us.
She then left the meeting at 9:00 to go home and make more and I suspect she was up very late into the night. Today each person she knows and appreciates will receive a personal note of love.
Talk about coming from the heart.
Maybe I got it all wrong.
Maybe Valentines Day really is about love! About all the ways we can feel love…
And maybe, like Patricia, if we all just swamped each other with love…
Maybe no one would feel bad.
At least for one day.
Wouldn’t that be something to celebrate?
Ooh—I better get going. I have a lot of Valentines to deliver!
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