Valentine’s Day has a different meaning for every person. Some love it, some hate it, while some find themselves indifferent on the subject. As it is known as "the day of love" and is supposed to be a day to show our affection, it is commonly thought of as a day for romantic lovers specifically. As a result, on this day the attached feel grateful to be in a relationship, while the unattached often feel more alone than ever. Well, we feel this is wrong! Valentine’s day should be about good friends and family, too! Just because someone is not in a romantic relationship doesn’t mean they are alone, or unable to give and receive love. We have family and friends that love us all year round, so why not show them some love on Valentine’s Day rather than focusing on the one relationship that happens to be lacking in our lives?
So, put down the Ben and Jerry’s take your best friend skating, or go out for a nice meal with your brother or sister. Watch a comedy with your mom and eat some comfort food- just do what makes you feel good, with someone you feel is worthy of your love. If you are in a relationship, don’t neglect to show your love to the other people in your life who deserve a little acknowledgment. Send a hand-written Valentine’s Day card to your parents or best friends. It will make them nostalgic of those middle school days when we used to giddily exchange Valentines and candy grahams.
As parents, creating family traditions on Valentine’s day will create long lasting, fond memories for our children, so that hopefully when they hit those angst-ridden, hormone driven teenage years, they will look upon this day fondly and not fall into the swells of misery if they find themselves unattached. It doesn’t have to be a huge production, maybe just a family meal with some small Valentine’s day themed gifts (notepads, heart shaped candies, personalized stationery, etc.) and, of course, a mushy gushy card letting each member of your family know how much you love them.
A little love goes a long way, and something as simple as receiving an unexpected card from a loved one could lift someone’s spirits on an otherwise lonely day. So make the effort this year! Share the love. It will be worth it.