You’ve heard this before: Nothing says “I love you” like a diamond. Or this one (must sing in head): Every kiss begins with Kay. Or, maybe you’ve been told this (eh hem!), “Dude, that’s all you got her?” Perhaps you’re faced with this scenario: Hear ye, hear ye! The class Valentine’s Day party will be at 1:00. Please feel free to bring 25 juice boxes and enough snacks to share (checking wallet only to find lint). With each passing phrase, commercial, and CVS ad rings dollar signs, and does anybody really know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day anyways?
Well, I went ahead and looked it up, and let me tell you this, I couldn’t even BEGIN to sort it out, let alone explain its roots without completely botching up the truth. If you’re interested, feel free to check out this link to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day. I can give you hint-it didn’t start out as a romantic day for lovers but rather a day to celebrate the many different Roman Catholic Saint Valentines!
Bottom line: it is another holiday. Wrapped within the sensationalism that has now grasped the months of Halloween all the way through Easter (perhaps we could just call the period of time Hallothankchrisvaleaster), Valentine’s Day has become and continues to beg so much more than just a special day to share “I love you’s”, whisper sweet nothings, and exchange paper hearts. Or, should I clarify, it becomes more if we CHOOSE to let it.
I didn’t make that choice. Of course, as the years increase and my income seems to decrease, this is probably a forced blessing, but one I’m welcoming as I grow to appreciate the simplicity of living simply and simply living. My boyfriend and I imbibed in a quiet dinner at his place Saturday night for our little early celebration without the kids-steak and lobster for around a twenty-dollar bill ’cause he cooked it! Me, I contributed by making a chocolate cream cheese pie-most of which were ingredients I already had in the cupboard-delectable! Cha-ching! Now, my guy had a few more tricks up his sleeve, but truthfully, I was in happy heaven stopping right there.
Sure, I bought Maycee and my number one man little gifts that were fun, but these mementos certainly didn’t have a rare shimmer or triple digit price tag. The looming cloud over my head had more to do with the 25 mouths expecting to be fed at party time tomorrow. I had to let it go. I had to realize that the kids will have fun no matter if I provide the mango juice and Cheeze Its or not. So, Maycee and I sat at the table tonight and wrote out her little classmate Valentines, and I didn’t fret that they weren’t the kind with the puzzles or suckers or stickers or IPods attached. It went smoothly, and it was enough. When we were done with the 25 handwriting assignments, we made our own Valentines. The old-fashioned way. Paper hearts for special people in our lives that we will see up close and personal and also some to share with those who may not know they are loved. All that was needed: some construction paper from the Dollar Tree, markers, stickers we already had, glitter glue, or anything else that could serve as a decoration. Mayee’s exact words as we cut, pasted, and colored were: THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! Wow, I asked, “Why?” She replied, “Because we’re having craft night and making things, and it’s fun!”
Nothing says “I love you” like…Kay…eat your heart out.
Now, here are some samples to enjoy…I bet you can’t help but smile! Whether celebrating the Saints, the romance, or just seeing red, Happy Valentine’s Day, Readers. Tell me, how are you all going to spread the love? ♥♥♥♥