Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day has always been a favorite of mine.  I mean, how hard is it to love a holiday that features chocolate? 

From reading blogs and other bits and pieces of the interwebz, I learned that how we look at Valentine's Day here in the US is different than the way that the rest of the world does.

For instance, I gave my coworkers Valentines.  I bought a box of Looney Toones with all my favorite characters on them and put one in everyone's mailbox first thing in the morning.  I got such positive responses from people.  One person said "thank you for my valentine.  It's the only one I've gotten today". 

Now to be honest, I have feelings for most of the folks I work with (I think they're all really good folks-you can't work in the social work field for long and be a crappy person) but I don't LOVE them.  I just wanted them to know that I thought about them with affection and that they were appreciated.

I sent a card to my children and their SOs to let them know that I was thinking of them.  And my true love?  He got a box of his very favorite chocolates. 

There isn't so much joy and love in the world that a little more will hurt.  I got way more back yesterday as I saw the looks/smiles on people's faces as they got their cards.  All this joy cost me about 2 dollars.  Totally worth it.

Oh and for our Valentine's Day date?  Pk and I took Elanor and went out for pizza and wings.  It was delicious. We had planned to take a trip to the beach (yes in February!) just to see the ocean and walk on one of the boardwalks absorbing some fresh salt air tomorrow. 

Snow Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%Unfortunately, this showed up in the forecast for overnight and into tomorrow.  It may snow, it may rain or more likely do a mixture of both with some sleet thrown in (the infamous Wintry Mix) so we've decided to postpone the trip. 

Instead, we'll go to the bookstore for some beverages and people watching after work and then to Best Buy to find a new computer game and then home for dinner and a relaxing weekend of not being out in the wintry weather.

So now I've got a ton of paperwork to finish here at my desk and if I'm lucky, I'll get to go downstairs and watch some of our talent show.  It's always so much fun to see people get up on the stage and perform. 

And while it might not be Valentine's Day any longer, I still hope you all have a day filled with chocolate (or whatever your favorite treat) and the people you love.

3 comments:

DrK said...

ive noticed that difference too re valentines day, it hardly rated a mention in my australian twitter feed apart from the usual trying to sell you roses or chocolates or a romantic get away, and then the next day lots more activity from my american feed. i like your approach much better than ours, its about spreading the love, whereas ours is about celebrating people in couples. ugh. im glad you had a lovely day though :)

Saren Johnson said...

We didn't do anything this year. Not sure if it was because I wasn't feeling well or if it's because we don't have young kids anymore.

Roxie said...

You are a darling. Valentines and love for all!! I choo-choo-choose you!

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