This post is for all the Valentine’s Day haters.
First let me make my confession: I love Valentine’s Day. I do. And I have never, in 28 years, had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. And, honestly, counting the number of guys I’ve dated, it’s kind of a small miracle.
But there are a lot of us out there that hate Valentine’s Day. We wear black and call it Happy Single Awareness Day. So my post today is a plea to you. Please stop being a Valentine’s Day hater.
I was going to wow you with my knowledge of St. Valentine’s history & show you how it’s rooted in something wonderful. You can read it for yourself, but it actually seems pretty creepy. The Saint is about to be executed, writes a note to his JAILER’S daughter and signs it “Your Valentine.” I don’t know if he was in love with her or if it was just a nice “goodbye” note (supposedly he healed her when she was deathly ill?). I don’t know. I just know I am now creeped out.
But I’m still going to plead with you to reconsider how amazing Valentine’s Day can be.
Now, we can blame my love for this over-commercialized day on my mother. I grew up eating heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast with red sprinkles & finding a valentine’s day present at the dinner table every February 14th I can remember. In fact, just last night, I stopped by my parents’ house to return a dish, and my mom had a Valentine’s day gift prepared for me. I’ll remind you, I’m 28 years old. Call me spoiled, call me a momma’s girl, I don’t care. I love my annual Valentine’s day presents. My dad even sent me a Disney princess card in the mail this year.
I know what you’re thinking–WHO CARES. Maybe you’re wondering if little birds dressed me every morning too as I grew up in this Valentine’s Day Disney Princess Loving Household. They didn’t, though that sure would have been awesome.
Here’s the point. I love Valentine’s Day because it’s a fun excuse to shower your friends & family with gifts, candy, cards, and kind words. Every year throughout high school and college, I prepared Valentine’s day packages for all my closest girlfriends. Yes, I know you can do this any day of the year, but why not on Valentine’s Day?
You gain nothing by being anti-Valentine’s day. But what if instead of scoffing at all the couples and making bitter jokes all day about Single Awareness Day, you just wrote some nice, thoughtful notes to a few of your best friends. Tell them how much you love them, are thankful for them, and name a few examples of how their friendship has meant something over the past year.
Everyone is under-encouraged. No one hears that they are loved, valued, and appreciated enough. So spread the love today. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top. A few kind and heart-felt words written on a piece of paper go a long way.
*Or just send them this video: