My stance on Valentine's Day is mixed. I adore the idea of saying, "I love you" because frankly when is it not a good time to say those three words? Yet, as an old roommate of mine would remind me yearly, "Everyday should be Valentine's Day." That would be beautiful, but it isn't our reality.
My parents would surprise my sister and I with red and pink gifts on the table when we were younger. I try to replicate this joyful morning for my family. My kids excite in the gifts and candy, because obviously stuffed animals and chocolate are a treat any day of the year. I wonder if they really understand what Valentine's Day means, or maybe the fact that they feel loved is enough.
My son is carefully writing his name on each Valentine for his class mates at school. We discuss how the cards are a token of appreciation for his friends. He looks at me as if he is contemplating this and then tells me he wonders who will have Batman and Spiderman valentines and he is sure the girls will all have princess and Strawberry Shortcake, because that is what girls like.
My husband and I always celebrated the holiday giving each other gifts, flowers and chocolate and going out for an expensive meal. The past few years we have stayed home, probably due to the lack of a babysitter or the fact that the meal is always overcrowded and overpriced on the 14th of February. Does that mean we are less in love or we are less obsessed with a silly holiday?
My thoughts are mixed. Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? How do you make it special?