Flowers, candy, jewelry. Cards . Romance is in the air.
Many celebrate . Many don’t. Put on a red sweater. Put on anything red. Valentine Solidarity. These days, I truly only know a few people that go all out for Valentine’s day. No one I know makes reservations to eat out in a special place anymore. Why spend a fortune for a mediocre meal, they say. I think My Husband (ex) and I did that the first year we were married, then got wise. And of course, it was downhill from there, hence the EX part.
Quick aside. One year I received ½ price candy form the drug store, the DAY AFTER Valentine’s. Need I say more?
But what I remember even more, was that every year my dad would bring us a heart of candy when I was little. My mom got a big heart, and we would all get a smaller version. Something that stays with you. (the memory, not the candy. That was gone in 5 minutes) I like to keep the good memories handy. My dad would bring out this plastic heart for my mom every year. You would wind it up and it would “beat” . It says “My heart beats for you“. Then they would put it away for the next year. And that is all they needed.
Gift are nice to receive, oh and of course to give. Even a token of, “ I am thinking of you” does the trick for some. Then we have those that will accept a Happy Valentines Day, honey and move on. I say whatever works for you!
My daughter tells me of her 7 year old sitting down to write valentine cards for the class. What memories that brought back too. Picking out class valentines. Ninja turtles, strawberry shortcake( yes it was that long ago). Everyone gets one. She was so excited to get them filled out for their class party. Until she got bored with it and took a break before the next ½ were finished.. The older boys don’t even know the holiday exists. Well, until they get a girlfriend and if they know what is good for them, they will!
It brought back a flood of memories of kids enjoying Valentines day. Getting little candies with sayings on them, receiving 20 + cards from everyone in the class and going home with so many sweets.
So enjoy. Spend time with your loved ones. Have some candy.