I could say that Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, but that wouldn’t exactly be true, because I like them all. I might even go so far as putting Valentine’s Day up in my top three. I have always loved it, single or not, kid or adult. A friend e-mailed me this morning and mentioned the overcommercialization of “another Hallmark holiday,” and I agree with him, but I just turn a blind eye to it and celebrate it my way. Our way. How can you not love a day designed to celebrate love?
Before The Ex and I were married, I used to get together and go out with my girlfriends on Valentine’s Day. And since our divorce, we have parties. Love it. Like seriously love it. And it gives me a chance to teach the kids that Valentine’s Day (or Single Awareness Day as another friend called it) isn’t just about romance with your significant other. It’s about love for your siblings. Your family. Your kids. Everyone. Growing up, my Dad always gave me and my sister a Valentine’s Day card and present that he picked out on his own, independent of the joint gift that my Mom gave us from both of them. He continued well into the first half of my marriage. I loved that.
Of course the fact that I have 33 pictures to show you should attest to my love for today too. Don’t take my word for it – the photos speak for themselves!
If you’re a regular reader, you know that tonight should have been my E.L.B. post, but I couldn’t bump Valentine’s Day, so mine will be up tomorrow.