Yes people...it is Valentine's Day. That wonderful "holiday" that people love to hate and hate to love. I myself was a skeptic many years ago. The good ole V-day would rear its nasty little head once a year during a month that, frankly...was already slightly depressing. Right?
And if your town looks anything like my town...
You have been bombarded with a schmorgasboard of vibrant red and heart filled signs in grocery stores, drugstores, and even street corners, trying to get you to spend half of your paycheck on a human sized stuffed teddy bear holding a pillow heart that says "Be Mine" and a single red rose...you know...for romantic effect.
I must admit, that this alone is a good excuse for skepticism.
However, putting all of Hallmark's money making antics aside...I have come to love this holiday. And no...it is not because of the excessive amounts of sugar you are "allowed" to consume without justification.
A dear friend of mine taught me a few years back that Valentine's Day does not need to be hated on because it is a commercial holiday that often turns out cheesier than the quesadillas that my husband makes. Valentine's Day is a day for us to be reminded, and to remind others, that there is love in the little things. That a simple note or a sweet treat to cheer someone's day might be all they need to know that they are loved.
I'm not often a "communicate in fluffy love language" type person, but it isn't a bad idea to have one day a year that gives us a little nudge to say, "Hey, I love you" or "Hey, you really mean a lot to me."
So go on....
Make a Valentine today for someone that you just want to show some simple and pure love.
Let us not forget that today isn't just about cheesy poems and red roses.
It is about showing love in the little things.