VALENTINE’S DAY BRINGS expectations of love expressed in some perhaps grand way. It’s a great day for florists and chocolate shops and restaurants. And that’s alright. Both flowers and candy are visual reminders of love. Dining out allows time to connect and celebrate. I have a half-dozen red roses on my dining room table. And I appreciate them.
But even more important are the everyday moments of love. You know, those little things you take for granted in your life. Or the surprises that cause your heart to surge joy.
What does that look like for you?
For me, love has shown itself recently in these ways:
- a handcrafted valentine from friends
- the giggle of my granddaughter
- a bag of macadamia nuts, a gift from my eldest and her husband who recently vacationed in Hawaii, a place I will never visit.
- my husband washing the dinner dishes every Sunday so I can phone my mom at 6:30 p.m.
- a friend buying valentine books for my 10-month-old granddaughter whom she’s never met.
- an unexpected call from my second daughter
- my husband binge-watching Fargo (the TV show) with me on DVD
- skyping with my son in Boston
- seeing my great nephew Landon with his face pressed to the patio door watching and waiting for my husband (Papa Two) and me to arrive
- texts from a friend asking, “How are you?”
Today, please express your care and appreciation for your friends, your family, and, yes, even for those outside your closest circle. Try to make that a practice every day.
Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers! I appreciate you.
© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling