I Like Valentine's Day

Is it just me, or does it seem to be trendy to hate and/or "poo-poo" Valentine's Day?  I'm going on record right now to say that I like it.  

And it's not just because I'm married.  Sure, being married makes Valentine's even more fun (*wink, wink*), but I'm one of those who liked it even before I got married.  When I was all alone.  Not even dating anybody.

First off - candy hearts.  Sure, they are chalky, but there is just something comforting about sitting down with a bag of candy hearts and a cup of tea (they are really good with tea).  

Maybe this hearkens back to my childhood - as Valentine's approached my mom would always pick up a bag of candy hearts on our grocery shopping trips, and we would all snack on them on the way home.  She knew how to pick the good ones too - not the ones that were rock hard, but the ones that just crumbled the second they hit your teeth.  A skill she has thankfully passed down to me.

Speaking of childhood, I loved getting all those little paper valentines with different characters on them.  My mom would always let us each pick a box of Valentine's for our classmates - first for school, then after we started homeschooling, for our Bible Study classmates.  

The ones I picked that I remember most had different pictures of cute teddy bears on them.  I remember sorting through them all and making sure to give all the generic, non-love-related messages to the boys . . . unless there happened to be one I liked.  Then I was careful to evaluate the messages on each valentine and choose the one that seemed to fit him the best.  Over-analyzer, much?  Maybe, but it was fun. And I would always keep the ones from the boys I liked, even if they had given me one of the generic, non-love-related ones.  I was kind of bummed when I grew up more and giving valentines to everyone was no longer the thing to do.

My parents would usually get us a little something on Valentine's Day. One year we got teddy bears.  We got candy a few times.  I think we even got a new Adventures In Odyssey set once (this was a big deal).  Just small things, but it was enough to make the day fun.  My brother and sister and I would sit down and make valentines out of construction paper for everyone in our family, and we would all exchange them at mealtime. Even when I knew I wouldn't get anything from any boy, I knew I could count on something from my parents and siblings.

And honestly, I never did receive an honest-to-goodness valentine from a guy.  Until I started dating Derek.  He showed up at my hygiene school with a bunch of flowers and a big teddy bear, and all my classmates told me he was a keeper.  I, of course, already knew that - I had his ring on my finger by then!  

Let's see, what else . . .

Hallmark movies!  Cheesy, romantic Hallmark movies.  I still like them today.

Now that I have kiddos, I like pinning a ridiculous amount of valentine ideas for them to give to their little pals.  I like pulling out the construction paper and continuing the tradition of handmade valentines for family members.  I like the pink and red everywhere, I like the hearts, I like seeing men buying flowers for the ladies in their lives.  

Valentine's Day can be cheesy.  But I think I am probably a little cheesy myself.  Maybe I'm more of a romantic at heart than I ever labeled myself.  

But I do.  

I like Valentine's Day.

Hoping each of you has a great one with all the people you love!
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Tiffany said...

I like it too! But I fully believe in keeping it minimal.nspending the day with my loves and making a nice dinner together is a tradition here.. We did help Sydney make a card for Grandma today though. I think it will be a tradition here too. :-)

Cassidy Robinson said...

Aww, so many sweet memories!! I actually have always loved Valentine's Day myself. :) And I can remember "over-analyzing" the Valentine's cards too when I was giving them to boys. And also when receiving them. I took every word to heart! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your family!

Melanie said...

Oh I like it too! I loved when we were in school and made Valentine's Day boxes out of shoe boxes! So fun!

Anonymous said...

Hallmark movies!! Me too! :)

Susannah said...

I'm right there with you! I LOVE Valentine's Day and always have!

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