Today is Valentine’s Day and people around the globe are celebrating this time of love and relationships. Engagements and marriages are taking place, while others celebrate in a variety of different ways depending on traditions and preferences! People send cards, go out for romantic dinners, exchange gifts, sends flowers (usually roses), give teddy bears or other stuffed animals, candy, and other gifts to let those we care about, know it!
What is love, anyway? The word has gotten so convoluted over the years. It gets used loosely and means all sorts of things. There is love shared between husband and wife, love between friends, children and parents, grandparents and grandchildren and more. There is the love of God, life, flowers, food, sports, travel, clothes, careers, cars (especially if you’re male!), sewing, writing and all hobbies and the list goes on and on. Love seems to be the thing, or things, that gives our lives meaning.
First found in God
Little ones squeezing your neck
Grand babies squealing when they see you
Pictures drawn and given as gifts from children
Kittens/cats that curl up in your lap
Puppies/dogs that jump with excitement at your voice
A child or husband clearing the table without being asked
A husband making the bed in the morning
An ear for a troubled friend
A gift card for groceries to a homeless person
A hot cup of coffee waiting for you first thing in the morning
A shoulder for someone grieving loss
An unexpected card received in the mail
A newborn baby
The spouse who works to support the family
The gift of time to a bubble bath
Learning a sport/hobby you have no interest in, because it interests your spouse
Attending every sports event a spouse or child participates in
Taking care of sick family members
Liking dinner even when it didn’t turn out just right
Teaching children right from wrong
Getting up in the middle of the night to comfort a child when they had a bad dream
Making sure our children are fed before leaving for school
Reading a book out loud to encourage the love of reading
A note in a lunch box that says “I love you!”
Shoveling a snow covered sidewalk and clearing the car of fresh fallen snow
Holding an umbrella over a slow moving elderly person when it's raining
Letting go when our children leave home
The husband who gives his wife “wings” to fly (or vice versa!)
Singing a lullaby to a child before they go to sleep
Listening to prayers of children before going to sleep
Sitting with someone in the hospital
Taking the sick or shut in to a doctor's appointment or to the grocery store
This list could go on and on! It totally depends on the giver and recipient to how any gift is received, because of lifestyles, relationship, traditions and even expectations.
It’s Valentine’s Day! Celebrate and love those near you and don’t forget those who aren’t close in proximity, and even those who choose to shut you out because of a misunderstanding. It’s a great time to mend fences and declare love in whatever form it comes. It’s often just the “little things!” Love is what gives our lives meaning. It’s the most important legacy we leave. I hope you and yours know how much you care about each other.
Know also, that I am grateful for the support you have shown me. In this way, it is a form of “love”….... It’s a kindness and isn’t that where love begins? So, thank you!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!