As I’ve shared with you before, my relationship to Valentine’s Day has always been a little sketchy, or at least it got off to an early somewhat unsatisfactory start. My first memory of Valentine’s Day was when I was the only girl in my third grade class who didn’t get a Valentine. I was crushed!!!! Really crushed. I think I went home and cried. I was unbearably shy then (and still am a lot of the time), and somehow I just got left out, like musical chairs. It happens sometimes, but I’ve faced Valentine’s Day with trepidation and a little concern ever since.
Some years were better than others. Shortly after I got married, during a big romance when I was single, 4 days after I had one of my sons (right before Valentine’s Day), I thought Valentine’s Day was a fabulous event. At other times, after a divorce, when a romance broke up, or when I just wasn’t dating anyone, Valentine’s Day was pretty dreary, and sometimes downright sad. I used to give big Valentine’s Day parties, which were really fun (as long as you had a Valentine to share them with!!! And someone to dance with!!). And I’ve spent the holiday in assorted romantic ways, and have had my share of flowers and chocolates, and some really lovely gifts. I got engaged twice on Valentine’s Day, which I thought was fantastic!!!!! Since then, to be honest, my Valentine’s Days have been a little flat, but I’ve had my share of romance over the years, so I can’t really complain.
I hope that Valentine’s Day lived up to your expectations this year, that someone you love spoiled you, and pampered you and took you out. I hope you had a fantastic romantic time—-and maybe even got engaged!!! But if not, try not to be discouraged. Next year could be a whole lot better, and you may be madly in love. It’s hard to resist a holiday that’s all about love. So I hope that you had a great one, that you got cards, and flowers and chocolates and gifts, and if not…..hopefully next year will be better!!!! Mine have been a whole lot better ever since third grade!!! Much love, Danielle