Happy Valentine's Day
What does February 14 mean to you?
I suppose I have gotten past any sort of expectation or disappointment.
Oh, I know.
Valentine's Day is a made up holiday. (News Flash: All holidays are "made up.")
But that doesn't take away that little twinge, that bit of sadness sitting in the back of my mind.
I'm not an over-the-top Valentine Day girl (but then maybe I would be if someone went over-the-top for me. Hmm? Which came first?) and when my husband did participate - I don't know if he ever actually celebrated - he would stop at Costco on his way home and get me flowers and candy.
That was lovely.
Now the real sadness lies in - even if he does make an effort - I don't care.
It means nothing to me.
Last year, on a complete whim, I bought a stuffed Valentine monkey I happened to see in Target. It wasn't with the other Valentine Day things: it was just randomly stuck on a shelf, far from its intended home. I took that as a sign and bought it. I wasn't even sure why I was doing it but when my kids saw it and asked why, before I knew what I was saying, I was saying,
"Sometimes you just need to buy yourself a Valentine Day monkey."
I hope today you have your version of a Valentine Day monkey.
Maybe you buy yourself some flowers or a doughnut or the "venti" size of your favorite Starbucks coffee drink - which is probably more milkshake-esq than coffee if you're like me. Maybe you just buy a plain old candy bar at the grocery store line check out. Maybe you don't buy yourself anything at all but hide in a hot bath or at the park with nothing but your own thoughts and a book. But whatever you do, celebrate you today.
It's a made up holiday.
And we should celebrate love everyday.
And you're not really an over-the-top Valentine's Day girl.
Celebrate you anyway.
It's not just that you deserve it.
You need it.