Alright, what’s the (pink and red) elephant doing in the room? My guess would be that it’s stopped in for Valentine’s Day, the holiday that everybody loves to hate and hates to love. But where’s the fun in that?
In my eyes, the real value in Valentine’s Day is in showing your favourite people that you love them. These favourites, and we all have them, have likely played huge roles in our lives and deserve a little thanks too. So why are we worried about the significant others that we may not have when we do have some pretty damn amazing family and friends who also mean a lot to us? February 14th doesn’t need to be a day that’s dreaded by single folks, and I especially don’t think it should be about expensive gifts and jewelery either. If any of those things become the main focus of V-day, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve lost sight of it all together.
Valentine’s Day for me goes way back, even beyond the 101 Dalmatians “you’re dog-gone amazing!” cards I’d hand out every year to my classmates. I remember as a kid, my parents would give my sister and I little Hershey’s kisses and candies wrapped up in goodie bags when we’d come down for school, Grandmas and Grandpas would mail us cards, and we’d feel the love from everyone around us. That’s the love we need to be focusing on on the national day of pink and red! If we need boyfriends and girlfriends or really expensive dinners to find that, I think a call to stop and smell the roses (that you can buy for yourself, if you should feel so inclined) is in order. Showing people you care doesn’t need to be extravagant, it doesn’t even need to be vastly different from what you do every day. It really just needs to be real.
So to help us all see the real purpose of Valentine’s Day, I’ve collected a few ideas for the little things we can do to show our love for those who are important to us. It could be your significant other, but it could also be your best friend. Maybe it’s your roommate, or maybe it’s your good ol’ Dad. You know what? It might even be your dog. Hey, no judgement here, I’ve spent a good number of Valentine’s Days with my doggie, and you know what? She’s pretty good at showing me her love too–lots of slobber, and no Tiffany’s required.