When I thought about my blog this week, I had several ideas, but only one, because it is relevant to the week of February 14, Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day for many is a day they can share how much they love that someone special and do something they would not normally do for them. Purchasing roses is a huge deal on February 14, and I have received several dozen roses over the year, and they are absolutely beautiful as a table centerpiece or on your desk. The stores are packed full of heart designed boxes of candy, Valentine’s Day cards, and other cute ideas.
Valentine’s Day isn’t about going out and purchasing roses or a box of candy for some of us. Just doing something special and unique means more than a dozen roses. Now if that means you get your wife an oil change for the car you are destined to spend the night on the couch, but finding a special card and taking her to her favorite restaurant, not yours, is sure to make her smile.
Over the years I have accumulated several nice pieces of heart jewelry I just love. I had several necklaces and rings given to me many years ago. I was given a silver heart watch that means the world to me. I still have it, and it wasn’t given to me on February 14, but on a day I will never forget. I love that watch and the love that was behind the gift.
When I wrote The Silver Heart, it actually came after seeing a heart necklace at the Ohio State Fair that I fell in love with. I bought it, and it was incorporated into the story. I would reach up at times and feel the heart when I was working on the book, which was also written into the story of the book. Montana Silversmiths had a necklace which was perfect for the cover of the book and for my character. I have heard from so many people who have purchased the necklace, and they love it. For my Christmas present, my son and daughter-in-law gave me the silver hearts bracelet, and I love it. It goes with my heart necklace, and I will think of them everytime I wear it.
Valentine’s Day is not about spending money you don’t have. Some of my fondest memories are of the cards the kids made me out of construction paper and lace doilies in Sunday school or at school. A single rose can mean so much if presented with a kiss and hug to follow. Nothing is worst that “here you go, honey, I am headed out to the barn.” Stop, take a breath and spend some time showing you mean the gesture you are making. It isn’t always about the dollar amount spent as much as the feelings behind the action. Nothing is better than curling up watching your favorite movie with some champagne and strawberries on the bed. Quality time.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I know it is not for everyone, but for those of you who love the idea of Valentine’s Day, do something special for your loved one. Personalize your present this year. Think about who the person is and what they love to do. Make this a Valentine’s Day they will remember forever.
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