Thursday, February 14, 2013
For the Love of Romance
Love it or hate it, it's that time of year again. Valentine's Day. The day when lovers flood the stores...or internet sites...to buy flowers, fragrances, chocolates, underwear you'd never be caught wearing (I work in retail. I know this to be true.) or, if you're really lucky, romance novels. Or even better, a gift card so you can go buy your own romance novels! What can I say, I'm easy to please.
I've been reflecting a bit on the Valentine's Day holiday and how it has transitioned for me over the course of my life. As a child, I looked forward to making Valentine's "Mail Boxes" in school; gaudily decorated shoe boxes into which classmates would deposit Valentine cards. Those were the days when I happily popped stale candy hearts with cute sayings stamped on them while waiting for my daddy to come home from work with my very own little-girl sized Russell Stover chocolate assortment, prettily packaged in a bold red heart.
While my late husband wasn't big on flowers (though he did send me yellow roses on occasion), he never forgot Valentine's Day and always found creative, and romantic, ways to celebrate. I cherish the letters and poems he wrote for me over the years and am happy to say he exhibited a fondness for jewelry along with great taste in the same. ::grin::
Not having a man in my life these past several years has once again taken Valentine's Day in a new direction. It's not a romantic holiday for me anymore but has become a day when I celebrate people who are important to me for a variety of reasons and those who are in need of a little Valentine's pampering. Earlier this week, Valentine cards went out in the mail to the munchkins in my life. Yesterday was spent making cupcakes and chocolates. Deliveries this Valentine's Day will go to fellow volunteers at the hospital, co-workers at my part-time job, a friend whose husband is nearing the end of his life and others who have no Valentine to pamper them this year. Bringing a little sweetness and light into their lives will make the holiday that much richer for me.
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Has it changed for you over the years as it has for me? How will you be celebrating this year? Do you have a memorable Valentine's Day story (good or bad) to share with us? What would be your ideal Valentine's Day celebration? If you don't celebrate, how do you spend Valentine's Day? Do you do anything special or just ignore it? What's your favorite flavor cupcake? (My Valentines will get their choice of strawberry or white cake with vanilla or buttercream frosting and milk chocolate hearts on top!)
Because I love giving to others on Valentine's Day and because we all love romance, three of you who leave comments on today's blog will be receiving a package of books from us! (U.S. only)
Happy Valentine's Day!