A little belated, as February draws to a close, I choose to think of it in a rosy light. Valentine’s Day is often characterized as a cheesy, uncomfortable for all singles, card company created, downright problematic holiday. And I suppose it could be like that, if you let it. But you can also think of it as a celebration of love, love for your partner, love for your friends, love for your mother, love for your co-workers, love for humankind. And there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve all got someone to love. And especially in gloomy February, I think some love-sharing is a much needed tonic for the winter blues. At work, we filled our window storefront with giant stuffed hanging felt hearts (my co-worker also appreciates the love month) because we love our customers! And our job! Really. I really love most of my customers.
Anyway, for this Valentine’s Day, G and I organized a valentine making party at our house. We visited craft and dollar stores, stocked up on construction paper, glitter pens, glitter, tissue paper covered with hearts, googly eyes, glue sticks, scissors, sequins, you know, all the fixin’s for some great valentine crafting. Then we made some chili and red velvet cupcakes, and sat down around our dining table with our good friends to make some beautiful and inventive valentines for one another.
These are just a few of the ones I made, but it was a wonderful time together, and everyone’s creations were lovely. You can’t go wrong with glitter, glue, hearts, and lovely friends. Winter can get long and the dark and cold can get trying, but surrounding yourself with friends, fun activities, and lots of love (in tangible paper heart form) certainly helps the soul.