I have mixed emotions about Valentine's Day. On the one hand. . . it can be a special day filled with love, hearts, and chocolate. On the other hand. . . it can be an ordinary day filled with expectation, dread, and misery.
I loved the whole Valentine's Day schtick when I was a kid. Homemade Valentine mailboxes, glued with love and hearts and a whole lot of glitter. Conversation hearts. Homemade cupcakes. Room Mothers. And Valentine cards for EVERYONE in class.
As I got older, though, Valentine's Day just made me feel bad. About myself. When you're an adolescent, there are not Valentine cards for EVERYONE. And, sometimes, there aren't ANY Valentines. The focus on Valentine's Day as a "couples-in-love" day just makes a lot of people miserable!
And that really sucks.
So, as a 16-year-old . . . with no Valentine on the horizon. . . I made a Declaration: We don't need no stinkin' Valentines! We can celebrate all by ourselves!
So, I tend to celebrate Valentine's Day in small ways. I like to think about the people I love and show them I'm thinking of them. I give myself special treats. Mostly, I keep it low key!
This week, Carole has us thinking about Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day. I'm adding my own twist . . . Ten Fun LOW KEY Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day.
- Wear red.
- Deliver silly Valentines to ALL your co-workers (anonymously; in their mailboxes).
- Leave a big bowl of Hershey Kisses (or Dove hearts) on your desk for everyone to share.
- Use a red pen all day.
- Watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
- Tell your closest friends and family how much they mean to you.
- Light a candle.
- Eat some chocolate.
- Sip some wine.
- But, mostly, remember: Life is good. And you don't need a Valentine to tell you that.
Love to you all!