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Spread the Love Around

There are certain holidays that I still celebrate like an eight-year-old.  Valentine’s Day is one of them.  I never got into the whole romance aspect of it.  I like to give Valentine’s cards and treats to everyone, just like we used to in elementary school.

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show a little love to the people in your life, not just your special someone.  It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or mushy, just something that says, “I think you’re alright and I like having you around.”

Every year I choose the most fun box of Valentine’s cards.  One year it was Spider-Man and another year it was Hello Kitty.  Then I make cupcakes or cookies and when the day comes, I hand them out to just about everyone I come in contact with.

You don’t need a special day to let your significant other know you love them.  You should be doing that on a regular basis.  But sometimes it’s good to be reminded to let the rest of the people in your life know that they are special to you.  That’s what Valentine’s Day means to me.

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Love is…

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Valentine’s Day is a mixed bag.  For some people, it’s a great reminder to let someone know you care.  For others, it can make them feel like no one cares.  I’m here to encourage you to make this day (and really every day) the day you want it to be.

I’m not an overly romantic person.  I show my affection but it’s not covered in hearts and flowers.  Love to me is a much more practical, tangible thing.  But it still lives in the realm of the ineffable.  Words can allude to it but not capture it completely.  I can describe how I feel but that’s still only the surface of what lies beneath.

Love is giving him the bigger piece of steak.

Love is telling her she’s beautiful in her sweats and no make-up.

Love is giving hugs whenever they are needed or wanted.

Love is making room for her Muppets collection.

Love is all the way to the moon and back.

Love is “your song” even when it makes absolutely no sense.

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