Do I sound like I have an attitude about V-day? I guess I probably do have a problem with how this holiday, along with every other one that has morphed into something so blown out of proportion it's hard to recognize it anymore. One thing I'm not going to do is try to give you any ideas for gifts. One only has to step outside one's door, open your email or newspaper or turn on the TV to be bombarded with everything under the sun that's Valentines.
V-Day makes me nostalgic for the simplicity of the way things were when I was a kid. Making Valentines and the box in which to receive them. And there was the "most beautiful" thing I had ever seen up to that point in my life....the gigantic red satin heart-shaped box of chocolates my father always gave my mother. Marshmallow hearts encased in cheap chocolate and red hots that stuck to everything were enjoyed while you pondered the cryptic message of a Valentine given to you by that "certain someone".
Now that V-day has become overly commercialized and highjacked by retailers it too often is about the "stuff" and often the true meaning gets trampled by weeks of hype and tons of red and pink crap that no one needs or wants. I am not picking on retail business, everyone has to make a living and I have been a retailer myself but, jeez it's gotten so over the top. Valentine's wreaths and toilet paper with hearts??
Let's make it simpler this year, turn down the expectations and turn up the love. Love, of all things, cannot be measured by the $$$ you spend but by the energy and thought that goes into a gift or card and most of all the quality of the time spent with loved ones.
And if you're single give yourself a break from feeling that you are one of the few out there with no Valentine. Ignore this day (if at all possible)...tell yourself it's a silly holiday concocted by card companies and florists. To a great extend that's true.
Love is something to be experienced everyday not just on February 14.
And love is not just for "Lovers", it's for everyone.
Love yourself. Love of self is where all other love begins.
No matter how we choose to celebrate this V-day (or not) it's all about the.....