It’s creeping closer… you can feel the air begin to change, all of a sudden there are roses for sale everywhere, soft teddy bears holding hearts in store windows, cards declaring love for sale in every shop and you realise it’s nearly here…. Valentines Day…. or as my daughter likes to call it ‘Hearts Day’.
Cue the grumps! Here they come…
“It’s a greeting card marketing ploy”
“What a crock, its’ a day for suckers who want to pay $100 bucks for flowers”
“I’m not spending that much on a card!”
“Every day is Valentines Day when you’re with me, I don’t need a special day”
Blah, blah, blah…. *eye-roll*
Well I can tell you now that when these people (my own husband included…) pop out of the woodwork and give me any of the lines above I’m quick to shut them down! Why… because I LOOOOOOOOVE VALENTINES DAY!!
Uha – I know, I know, it’s really not a surprise to those that know me, as I’m a sucker for anything related to love but it truly is the BEST day and if you will indulge me for one more minute, I’d love to tell you why it’s so special to me.
Valentines Day to me isn’t about the roses, teddy bears, chocolates and all the other commercial things. It’s about a chance to remind people in your life how much you love them!
Every Valentines Day I make an extra effort to message, call or tell my family and friends in person and tell them just how much they mean to me. I tell them all the things that I love about them and how special they are in my life.
On Valentines Day I always have a card for my little one as well as some sort of teddy bear (yes I’m a sucker…) and we all have a special breakfast together, which is a luxury that we never really indulge in as life’s so busy most days we don’t have the time we’d like to connect in the mornings.
I always make her a special lunch for Valentines Day too, something as simple as a heart cookie cutter can turn a sandwich and some fruit into gorgeous little surprise hearts and it honestly doesn’t take too much effort!
Now before you all think that I’m sprouting off about Hearts Day because I’m showered with love on the day, please let me correct you as that couldn’t be further from the truth. My hubby is not a fan of the day at all, never has been and probably never will be!
It’s taken me 17+ years of us being together to get him to understand how important it is to me that he makes the effort to at least get me a card, which thankfully he does, even under sufferance. hehe
I don’t care if it’s from the $2 shop or if it says Happy Birthday on it to be honest – all that I want is some time put into writing a message in there.
It will probably surprise nobody that knows me to know that I still have every single card that I’ve been given over the years from special people in my life. The beautiful energy that is in someone’s handwriting is priceless to me, as is the messages they carry.
Now I of course wouldn’t object to a massive bunch of roses, or a romantic weekend away but if a card and an ‘I love you’ is all I get then I’ll be a happy girl.
So my request to you all ahead of Valentines Day this week is to please not pass it off as ‘a commercialised money waster’ and actually see it for what it is – it’s an opportunity to tell those in your life how much you love them and to do something special for them.
Perhaps you can cook your loved ones favourite meal, send a text to a friend, family member or partner telling them why you appreciate them, put a surprise note in a lunch that you prepare or go for a nice walk around your neighbourhood at sunset with someone you love.
Whatever you do doesn’t have to cost money, only your time and effort.
C’mon… make someone’s day a little brighter by being the light in it.
Lots of love, hearts and fluffy stuff,
Stacey 💜 xx