On a personal note, this Valentine's Day was bare bones for me. Having been married for a very long time, I've reached a point where I honestly don't need chocolates and flowers and dinner out on Valentine's Day. For one thing, I got my box of chocolates from a friend several days before Valentine's Day. You see, my birthday is in Dec., hers and her husband's are in Jan., and my husband's is Feb. 8. So, to celebrate all 4 birthdays, each year I bake a cake on 2/8, and this year she brought a box of hand-picked Hoffman chocolates. As for flowers, roses are hit-or-miss. Some years they last and some years they don't even open. I like to have a vase of fresh flowers on the entry table, so I buy alstromeria because they last a long time. That brings me to dinner out. This is something my husband and I do on a regular basis anyway. So where did that leave Valentine's Day? We exchanged greeting cards, a hot smooch, a few well chosen words of love, and that, as they say, was that.
For me, Valentine's Day really isn't about chocolates in heart-shaped boxes, a dozen red roses, and dinner at a nice restaurant. It's about loving and being loved. It's about the stormy times when love is tested, the sweet times when you sail under rainbow skies, and for all the times you have navigated life together. And before you say, wait a minute, there is no man/woman/significant other in my life, if you have a pet, there's your love right there.The truest, most genuine kind of love there is.
What was your Valentine's Day like?