Now that Devin and I have been married for over two years, it seems that the romantic holidays sneak up on us a little easier. Maybe it is because I avoid the candy aisle at the supermarket or don’t go into big box stores too often…or perhaps it’s because I am not waiting with baited breath to see if THIS will be the Valentine’s that Devin finally pops the question. 🙂 Whatever it is, before we know it someone asks, “What are your Valentine’s Day plans?” and we gape at one another thinking, ‘Wasn’t it just Christmas?’
This year we celebrated Valentines with chinese food take-out, at home, in our gym clothes. There was wine and special pretty cupcakes from the The Little Purple Cake Shoppe and Devin brought home flowers, but, even though it might have been a little different than the norm, it was still quite simple and very real. It didn’t feel like we were being forced to acknowledge our love for one another because a day of the year dictates we do so.
At my gym class that evening, my wonderful Zumba teacher circled us up for a moment together. She talked about a recent tragedy that has left us all a bit shaken and encouraged us to “Treat every day like Valentine’s Day. Tell folks you care about them.” That is so true and so wise. Something we are liable to forget in the every day hustle and bustle. Something that takes a day of hearts and x’s and o’s to remind us.
And so, let’s pause and consider…what if every day were “Valentine’s Day”? Who would you wish a good day to? Or pause and talk to for just a moment longer? Maybe hand a special note to or leave something sweet on their desk? Or call and leave a message that says, “Thinking of you makes me smile!” Who would you ask to “be mine” or “call me”?
Why should you wait until next year?
There are chocolates and flowers and phones and note paper available all year ’round!
Have a wonderful rest of the week and share the love!