LOVE…such a small word that holds ENORMOUS power. Love can come in many forms, sometimes we are ignorant of it, sometimes love is blind, sometimes we question love, and sometimes we wonder where the love is in a world that can be so cruel. I am someone who believes in love, but do sometimes wonder whether I will ever find that intense love like the love between Romeo and Juliet, or Noah and Allie in The Notebook (there’s just something about Ryan Gosling that makes me swoon! ♥)
‘For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then, there’s another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. It’s called unrequited love.’ (Quote from the film The Holiday)
So here we go again, another February 14th, another Valentines Day. For some, it is a day of sadness; a reminder of love that’s cruelly been taken away, some hate it with a vengeance, some enjoy expressing their love and some don’t really give two hoots what day it is!
I don’t exactly enjoy being SUFFOCATED with valentines paraphernalia wherever I go, but I don’t exactly hate it either. It is nice for people to devote a special day to their loved ones, but quite frankly valentines day shouldn’t dictate when we can devote our love. My dad has NEVER given my mum a card or gift on valentines day, but then again, he doesn’t buy cards or gifts at all. He spreads the love in a different way…saying “This bread is the best bread you have bought”, or “This cake you made is LOVELY” is as far it will go.
Each year, I have been hopeful that I will actually have a valentine on valentines day, not just a valentines card from my sister which is always humorous and almost always includes a witty poem that she has written.
When I was at primary school, I was sometimes lucky enough to get a few REAL valentines cards from secret admirers – I know it wasn’t my mother or my sister as I could tell which ones were theirs, and once my mum bought me some socks with hearts pretending to be from a secret admirer – I mean, seriously, WHO BUYS SOCKS?!! Anyway, they were rather cute.
For me, valentines day is not about the lavish gifts and flowers – (however, I would like to point out that if anyone does want to send me some flowers – I like PINK roses) – it is a day to spread the love to the people that matter. That is my family, my absolutely fabulous friends, the nice bus driver who let me on the bus for free, the people that have been loving and caring, the people who are reading this post right now and the people who have been very kind to tweet, retweet, like and favourite my posts! (ok this isn’t an Oscar speech…)
I may not have a valentine, but there is a new love in my life this year.
That is my smiley ten month old nephew, my little knight in shining armour, who always brings a smile to my face. If I am feeling a bit down, a quick squeeze and a cuddle from him will melt my troubles away, or just looking at pictures and funny videos of him squealing with delight when he is playing will always get me laughing.
So Happy Valentines Day to all!
“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” (Quote from St Augustine)
What are you doing this valentines?
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