I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Growing up, it was one of my favorite holidays. My dad would give my sisters and I a single rose and a box of chocolate. My mom would have a few thoughtful gifts and her famous handmade cards in our lunchbags. I couldn’t wait to open my lunchbag at school to see her beautiful card…I always felt extra loved on Valentine’s Day.
We didn’t have a lot of money when I was younger and were taught that the best gifts were the thoughtful ones…not necessarily those with the biggest price tag. My mom only ever wanted homemade cards and gifts – nothing fancy or expensive – just something that took time to make for her.
I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in my life, I began to view Valentine’s Day in a much more material way. The little things didn’t matter as much and it seemed all I cared about were the expensive gifts I
hoped expected to receive. I had this warped mentality that the more money that was spent on me, the more I was loved.
Since my son was born last January (Jan 2011), I’ve slowly begun to learn what my mom was trying to teach my sisters and I so many years ago – jewelry, expensive clothes, and other material gifts do not define Valentine’s Day.
It’s amazing how one little person can change your outlook on things…
My son has taught me that every day (not just Valentines Day) is a time to…
Cherish the one(s) that you love
Give from the heart (and mean it)
Say I love you (and mean it)
My son woke up (for the day) at 4:45am this morning. We made the best of it and the three of us spent a couple of hours playing on the living room floor before my husband had to go to work. It was the best way to start Valentine’s Day.
Later on in the morning, my son walked over and gave me a huge open-mouth kiss on my lips. Best Valentine’s Day gift…EVER.
We aren’t doing anything special for Valentine’s Day this year…we are having a quiet dinner at home…I will be spending the evening with the two men in my life that fill my heart with love and happiness. It is the perfect way to spend my Valentine’s Day =) !
Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!!