“I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”
There are folks who have a very difficult time on Valentine’s Day. Usually, it is because they do not have a partner for any number of reasons and that is understandable. I’ve been with and without a partner, but I have always totally enjoyed Valentine’s Day. I will share with you the rose colored lens through which I view this day of amour.
It began in the early years of grade school. We got to show off our artistic talents as we decorated old shoe boxes with red and pink and white construction paper. Sound familiar? These “ mail boxes” had to be ready to receive delivery of all those Valentine’s cards that would be coming our way. Who would the cards be from? Would there be a secret admirer? Then the big day came. We made our deliveries to our classmates mail boxes. You remember those corny, cartoon character Valentine’s cards that were so wonderful? I love them to this day. There was always some kid who didn’t sign his or her card. If you were lucky, you got one signed Your Secret Admirer. Fun ensued trying to figure out who might be crushing on you.
Fast forward a few decades. Those interim years were ordinary and unnoteworthy. When I was teaching, I rediscovered the joy of my youth. Another teacher and I got together and decided to create a Valentine for every staff member, including the custodial staff and post them on one of the large school walls. Each card was tailored to the individual. We followed the format of those corny kids cards. Everyone loved them and looked forward to getting a card each year. My colleague in poetry from the humorous heart and I also looked forward to creating new rhymes. We continued this mini tradition until I retired from the school.
Since that time, I found several ways to still enjoy Valentine’s Day. Many folks can use a little cheering up whether a friend, a child, a relative, even a stranger . We can always share a goofy card, a candy heart, a flower, a smile, some form of good wishes. It’s a chance to use your own unique style to let someone know they matter. I hope you all discover some unexpected delight this week.
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