I used to hate Valentines. I mean I really freakin’ hated it. All the hearts and the flowers and the candy and the sickening love crap…I boycotted Valentines Day for MANY years. And then one year Nathan was all, “What is your problem with Valentines?” Under his breath he added, “And all the other holidays too?!?!?”
I took the predicted route and blamed it all on my mother.¹ She was ALL about Valentines and every other holiday that might require some sort of expectation of us (my dad, sister, and me) to shower her with love and affection. We failed miserably every time. Eventually I gave up. I hated holidays, even my birthday. The words Nathan said next changed my entire look on Valentines day².
He said, “I think it’s romantic that so many people are professing their love for each other all on one day. Why won’t you let me share that with you?”
We’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day ever since. It’s not a big deal at our house. There are no diamonds or new cars. Sometimes there are flowers. Sometimes there is candy. Sometimes there are hand-made coupon books of love. The kids always get a little present, and we spend the day thinking of each other and about love <3
The Artist has a BoyFriend (this is his ‘new’ name). The Artist and The BoyFriend had plans to get together and since The Artist doesn’t have her license yet, I am in charge of her transportation. Fine. No big deal. Until? The BoyFriend ends up changing plans…
I made the best of it. A friend picked up The Brainiac and brought him to his playgroup. I picked up a giant can of Red Bull and headed to the Mall of America with The Artist. I made sure The Artist met up with The BoyFriend, then I planned on perusing Barnes & Noble for a book or two.
I got distracted: SHINY!
Then it was kind of go go go until evening (or maybe that was just the giant Red Bull I drank?). While Nathan was finishing his workout, I made you a Valentine:
I’m guessing you would like a closer look at your Valentine?
So here is Nathan’s Valentine to you. He went all out (not to be out done by me.):
Seriously though, Happy Valentines – even if your boycotting the whole thing. XO
¹Which is probably true in this instance.
²The history of Valentine’s Day is awful, but truth be told history is mostly awful, so let’s turn it into something NICE and not repeat history, no?