Love is central to our family. We demonstrate love through words, actions, gifts, and hugs. Love comes between “live” and “laugh” as our defining terms.
I explain this because we recently celebrated Valentine’s Day, the holiday which stands for love. Perhaps surprisingly, Valentine’s Day is always a happy time for us! We don’t observe SAD (Singles Awareness Day), we don’t get depressed, we don’t feel like failures if we’re not out on a date February 14th.
Ever since we were little, my dad would make all of his daughters feel special on Valentine’s Day. He’s the best guy I know at making grand romantic gestures. One year he had a beautiful handwritten card for each of us, telling us how much he loved us… another time he gave each girl a red rose and chocolate from Godiva. For a few years we got adorable limited edition Godiva teddy bears, holding heart-shaped candy. I never thought these words would be true, but I think we’ve been spoiled… at least on Valentine’s Day. 😉
Although the holiday appears to lack any spiritual significance, we have no problem celebrating it enthusiastically. It’s a time to feel loved, and to remind those around you how much you care for them.