I haven't had a sappy valentine's in a really long time. In fact, I can't quite remember the last time I got a Valentine from my Husband. Ok, that is a stretch. I got flowers last year when I returned from Israel, as I was there on Valentines and about 5 years before that I vaguely remember a gift. However, this year, not only did he rock out the Valentine's gift, but the delivery too. I got a beautiful bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates, hand delivered to me, at work! YES! I mean, I've always wanted to be that girl that got things at work, and today, today I got to be that girl! I have been on this euphoric high all day. I'm loved, I'm loved, I'm loved. Ah, Hallmark, thank you for your sales pitches and thank goodness for consumerism!
It was a great day overall in our household. All of us girls got a Valentine's. My husband bought our girls small boxes of chocolates too. Then, today at school, all three celebrated with in-class parties. My youngest was especially excited as this was her first ever experience with Valentine's, my middle daughter's class celebrated with a pajama party and card exchange, my oldest, she is a bit melancholy as this is the last year she will have a Valentine exchange at school since she is going to middle school next year, but she had a card exchange none-the-less.
It's amazing what these small tokens of appreciation can do for the souls of the recipients. It is sad really, to think that there has to be a special day in the year to recognize another person and give them a small token to let them know you are thinking of them. I wonder what would happen if we took this concept and applied it to every day of the year; not the gift giving part, but the thinking of other's part. Could we through that make this world a happier place? Oh, I am sure we could, after all it has always been said that happiness starts one person at a time.