Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

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I love Valentine’s Day.  Pretty much every part of it… let me think… yes, I love it all.  Before I had a husband or boyfriend, I loved Valentine’s Day.  I guess it was the imagination of all that lovey-dovey stuff that would certainly become reality- ha!  Now, married, I still love it.  I love seeing all the stuff in the stores, I love that my kids do Valentine’s Day parties at school, it’s good stuff!

People get their panties all in a twist about Valentine’s Day.  Usually men, but I’ve heard it from both sides:  it’s a commercial holiday, it’s stupid, it’s just a way for Hallmark and all these companies to make money and overcharge for flowers that are just going to die anyway.

Listen, if you’ve got a problem with devoting 1 day- 1 flippin’ day out of 365 (or 366, as it is this year)- to all things L O V E, then I’m sorry my friend, you’ve got problems.  And I think of myself as a cynical person at times, but really, if you can’t handle this one day without rolling your eyes just thinking about it, you’ve got to soften up!  If you have a honey, you can’t just use this one date of the year to do something nice, acknowledge the relationship in an extra-special way?  If you haven’t (which I know it’s not fair for me to speak about since I’ve been married for 10 years, but I’m going to anyway), you can’t find something good about it?  You know, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to exclusive between people in an intimate relationship, after all.

In the bible, love is the central theme- Jesus adds a commandment to the ten, and his is to “love one another as I have loved you.”  In the book of Corinthians, it’s said the 3 things remain- faith, hope, love- but the greatest of these is LOVE!  Why not have a day devoted to it?  Forget the origins of the holiday, but just look at that, why not have a day that’s specifically linked to love?

How about this kid? Gave out like 900 flowers to girls at his school.  This kid is THE best!!! I had originally read this on my cnn app, and they had published reactions from girls at his school, and even his girlfriend, and everyone was just filled with joy because of this kid’s actions!  He had to work extra jobs to make the money to buy those- it was a tradition that he had built upon over the last few years, and this year as a senior he planned that this would be his biggest yet.  Wow!

Being a pisces and all, I tend to be an emotional person, perhaps too much at times.  I’d rather be that way than my heart be hardened!  If I die tomorrow, I want everyone I care about to know I care about them.  That includes lovey-love and tough-love.  Sometimes you have to grill someone about something because you care, if you love enough you will because it’s worth the risk they might be mad at you for a bit.

Anyway, i could go on all day, but these pancakes aren’t going to make themselves on this Sunday morning.  I shall leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time from one of my favorite movies.  Calm yourself down, I’m telling you now, just in case you don’t like this movie- Moulin Rouge.  The quote is the central theme of the movie, and of course the quote comes from the song Nature Boy, which was originally recorded by Nat King Cole (sigh!  Now he’s someone you should listen to on Valentine’s Day!), and David Bowie did a remake of it for Moulin Rouge (I think it was recorded for the movie anyway).  I believe it’s the last line of the song:

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.

Arg, I was looking for the scene on youtube where Toulouse-Lautrec shouts it, but I can’t find it.  Oh well.  Guess you should watch the whole thing and find it yourself 🙂 🙂 🙂  Maybe I’ll do that myself.