Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop

Let me preface this by telling you-I am a hopeful romantic. I've been like this for years. I recently found an old poem I wrote that is too embarrassing to share here, but I will say it inspired the title for this post.
A few days ago, I was having a conversation with my family about Valentine's Day. Me being a single person, they made the assumption that I would hate it. I think most people make that assumption. Being single = hating anything that brings attention to the happiness of people in love. I, in fact, love Valentine's Day and don't really understand why people would hate it.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of turning the holiday into an obligation. You must: buy chocolate, flowers, lavish gifts, spend more money than you actually have, etc. But I don't think it has to be like that. One year I received a Valentine's card that was made from a single piece of white paper. He made it personal and it was great. I still have it, years later.

I see Valentine's Day as an opportunity to let people in your life know that you appreciate who they are to you. How many of us know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the important people in our lives know how much we love them. I've heard many people say, "I don't need one day out of the year to tell my significant other that I love them." That may be true, but do we take advantage of the other 364 days in the year? I doubt it.

We may not feel like we need Valentine's Day, but we've got it, so why not take advantage?

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