With a blog name that has the word “lover” in the title, you’d think that I would have been pretty excited about today’s holiday. I am not a Valentine’s Day hater, nor am I a supporter of all the commercialism surrounding the holiday. I have been reading other blogs today and every one of them has written something about love. I enjoyed Helena’s Unmasked Story, and Dani’s letter had me in tears (literally-I was sobbing because, you know…my dad, pancreatic cancer, lost a little over a year ago). Amber’s Valentine’s Day history made me smile, Hasty’s was sweet, and Lizzi’s made me think. But my favorite was Kim’s.
I agree with everything Kim said in her post. You see, Valentine’s Day has never really been all that important to me once I was out of high school. After only ever receiving Valentine’s from my mom, never from a boy, I had come to the conclusion that loving someone is a year round holiday. And as Dani so beautifully said in her post, time is a non-renewable resource. Once it is gone you can never get it back. So why worry about what you get for Valentine’s Day when the best thing you can receive is a simple reminder of how much someone loves you…a text (like the one I received from practically everybody I know), “I love you” from my kids, and even a note from my Uncle Darrell (my dad’s oldest brother-tears again). Loving someone is a 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 60secs a minute holiday. Why wait until an annual day to tell someone how much they mean to you? However, since today is a day set aside for love…
Instead of flowers, or gifts, or chocolates I thought I’d just tell everyone how much you mean to me.
Amber: Girl, you are my pushy little sister. I truly don’t know how I’d get along without you. From your simple presence in group to the random texts about clouds, books, and pics, you make me smile…a lot. I can honestly say I would miss you terribly if you were not in my life. I love you and hope you felt loved today.
CJ, Trinia, Linda, Denise, and Pris: You are my Girls!!! I have never had Girls. You are the ones who ‘get it’. The ones I can be open and playful and let my hair down with. You are my version of ‘drinking buddies.’ The fact that we still have yet to actually go out drinking is beside the point…we have our own little version of Poker Night, don’t we? (Usually involving curls and blue eyes and a British accent). Denise, I miss you like crazy, Sister. Trinia, just one word…#Sir. Pris my soul Beastie, we have GOT to move heaven and earth to get you to the next get-together. Linda, enjoy London and I so wish I could go with you. And CJ, I’m so glad you live down the street-we should get Jack and your boys together some time because Jack still talks about the twins. Ladies, I did not foresee how strong we’d bond the night we met but every single one of you keep me sane and healthy and having the fun that was missing from my life. I love every one you. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Lizzi: Dear Heart…I have no words. You are my butterfly. You make me happy in ways I can’t explain. I miss your voice when you are absent from the ‘verse. I can’t believe how incredibly close people can get in such a short time when you aren’t even on the same continent. I am very happy I joined OctPoWriMo and met you. I look forward to getting to know you more as time goes by. I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day, love.
And to everyone else that I am getting to know, and to all of my followers: I am so grateful to you. This whole blogging experience has changed me in so many ways. It has opened up new friendships and new doors that I would have been afraid of opening before. Each and every one of you has influenced me whether you know it or not. And I am thankful to you for that. I wish each of you love and happiness and joy today and every day after.
P.S. Michelle, Tracy, and Laura….you already got your Valentine’s love from me. 🙂