Merry Meet friends! Hope that you had a wonderful weekend. I spent it resting and relaxing. Winter has shown up again here in Ohio. We had a bit of snow and much colder weather. Except for dinner out Saturday night with hubby and a grocery trip..I stayed in by the fire, working on my Book of Shadows, reading, journaling and watching movies with my daughter Sara. It was lovely 🙂 Tonight we’re expecting more snow which I love…as you know if you’ve been here before 🙂
As you know, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. I knew I wanted to do a post about it, but not sure What about it. I could talk about it’s pagan roots and the history of the holiday. I could talk about how it’s just a way for card companies to make money. But what I decided to talk about was LOVE. After all, our Valentines….are our loved ones. Those we love the most in this world. Our significant other, our children or grandchildren, maybe some extended family or best friends for some. But many of us want to somehow acknowledge our loved ones on this day.
There are so many ways to do it to celebrate the day. A special dinner, flowers, candy, small gifts, cards in the mail. There probably isn’t too many of us who have forgotten the thrill of getting those little paper surprises in our homemade, heart covered shoeboxes when we were in school. LOL. I remember how important it was to pick out the very best valentines to give to my classmates. The excitement of opening each envelope, while having some heart-shaped confection and super sweet punch during the class party. Then keeping that shoebox and those cards for months after..pulling them out and looking at them again and again. 🙂
Then, when I got older, it was that card or gift from that special someone….a boyfriend. It was all romance and goosebumps. The thrill of a kiss to go with the gift. I can remember my boyfriend filling my locker with pink and red balloons and cherry heart-shaped suckers. Then he met me after each class with a red rose. *Swoon* So romantic and I felt blissful in my teenage Romance.
Then I got married, and Valentine’s Day was a sexy red nightie and a bottle of wine in the early days. Still romance…steady and strong and fun. Then came children….and Valentine’s Day turned into pink frosted sugar cookies or cupcakes with sprinkles. Back to making the heart covered shoeboxes and helping my children pick out the perfect Valentine’s cards for their classmates. Hubby and I started having Valentine’s dinners out for some time to ourselves. Marveling at how time had passed and remembering more romantic Valentine rendezvous 😉
Then I watched as my daughter was wooed by a boy and her heart swooned as mine did with the little things her current boyfriend did for her. Now I watch her with her own children…again with the kids party valentines, shoeboxes, cupcakes. As Nana, I enjoy shopping for small gifts to show my love for them too. I keep watching the years go by and the cycle continue. The Love continues always…..
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who Love, time is Eternity”.
~Henry Van Dyke
Ultimately, Valentine’s Day, for me, reminds me of constant Love. We all have Love in our lives. It should be celebrated everyday….but let’s admit it…Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to be SURE that we celebrate it. So today…with MUCH LOVE….I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day my friends!
Blessings and Hearts, Autumn