Fun Valentine Facts:
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
- A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginning and no end. In the past, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove one’s eternal love.
- Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.
Some people truly love this holiday.
Some people don’t celebrate it.
Some people feel it is to commercialized.
We all have our own thoughts and feelings regarding this holiday.
But for me, it is about love. Don’t get me wrong, I show and tell my family that I love them each and every day. Cooking, cleaning, hugs, kisses, “I love you”, etc. I do this each and every day but it becomes routine, expected. We need more then routine when it comes to love.
We need heartfelt.
We need surprises.
We need to feel loved.
We need to feel we are special.
Whether you choose to use Valentine’s Day or some random day of the year, I think it is necessary to go that extra mile to show your loved ones that you love them, you care.
Sometimes I feel we get so caught up in the roles of life: working, being a wife and mother, a husband and father, etc. – that we take our loved ones for granted. We hear the “I love yous” but sometimes they lose their potency over time – not because we don’t love anymore but because we say it all the time. We forget to show beyond the normal everyday stuff, we forget to show beyond just the words that – I love you, you make me happy, I appreciate you, Thank you for all that you do.
Love can make or break a person.
Love can make or break a relationship.
Love is… what you need. It is different for each and every person.
Valentine’s Day to me is a day to go that one step further to say “I love you and I want you to know that I will always love you” – yes I show it in other ways through out the year, but sometimes we need reminders.
I am not saying you have to say this with gifts because some people feel that gifts are not needed, some people feel stores jack up the prices on items during this time, some people don’t want to got that route – but instead a heartfelt moment between 2 people, a love letter, etc.
Just take a moment to think about those around you and how much you love and appreciate them, then realize that they may not really know because the everyday acts of love might get lost in the path of life.
So what ever you choose to do, on what ever day you choose to do it, take a moment to show those close to you – I love you, I may not get a chance to show or tell you but I love you, I want you to know how much I love you.
Love is free, what cost is the time and effort it takes to show someone you love them, because love can get lost.
Does it hurt anyone to take one day a year, hell one hour, one minute – to make sure those in your life know you love them? Take the chance now to show your love because no one knows what will happen tomorrow and we can’t turn back time.