I have always loved Valentine’s Day, and anything heart-shaped – rocks, leaves, chocolate – whatever. Not just the lovey, squishy part of the holiday – although I would never turn that down – but the opportunity to show affection, appreciation and admiration to others. Life can get in the way sometimes, and I think it’s completely acceptable for the calendar to remind us to show some love …. it’s once a year – stop complaining!
Since I was a child, February 14th has been one of my favorite days. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, that in 7th grade when I made my Confirmation, I chose “Valentine” as my saint name. The act of showing kindness – not just romantic love – has always made me happy. Picking out Valentine’s Day cards to pass to classmates, and using extra red and pink paper and enough glitter to cover the entire table was enough to make this gal giddy! My only wish is that the sentiment would linger a bit longer than 24 hours. Why is it so hard to be nice? Trust me – I have to ask myself the very same question (usually, it’s before I’ve had my coffee). I encourage all of us this week to go out there and show some love ~ smile more, judge less, hug often and know that each of us are worthy of being treated WELL. I thought it would be fun for me to make a random list of things that I ❤ love ❤ …. beside the typical “my husband, my children”… list.
- An organized pantry
- Brand new folders, gel pens, paperclips – basically anything in the school supply aisle
- Wine and popcorn
- Hearing the garage door open – that means my Prince is home!
- Filling in a blank calendar at the start of a brand new year
- Getting fun mail (anything but bills)
- Hot coffee in a cute mug
- Taking pictures so that the moment is captured
- Laughing so hard that I cry, and having sore stomach muscles the next day – which I totally count as a workout
- Glancing at my phone and seeing a text from a friend that was thinking about me
- Watching my children learn new things and then watching them teach others
- The way having a lazy cat on my lap helps me to forget my own crazy schedule
- Seeing sun beams that shine down from behind clouds – takes my breath away every time
- Receiving a note from one of my kids, and remembering the notes that I wrote to my own Mom as a child
- The taste of salt on my lips after swimming in the ocean
- Rolling over and discovering I still have 3 hours (or 7 minutes) more to sleep before my alarm goes off
- Peanut butter cookies straight from the oven – nothing better … well, maybe one thing … but I’m keeping this list family friendly (“Hi, Mom!”)
- Being sung “Happy Birthday”, because it’s so much better than the alternative
Please add your own list of loved things in the comments below – come on, give me at least one … it’s fun!