Saturday, February 14, 2009

An open letter to my Valentines

Dear Valentines,

I'm single. In case any of you reading this were unaware, I'm just going to throw that out there. I've been single for almost every single Valentine's Day of my life. I could care less. I love Valentine's day. Seriously. I love it.

When I was a kid, my mom made it a point to explain to me that Valentine's Day was about telling the people you love that you love them. It sounded like the best holiday to me. Every year I'd make Valentine's for every kid in my class. My parents and my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Ron always got us presents. I loved these bags that my Aunt would get from the book fair at her school- they were mylar with hearts all over them and full of the best stuff ever. Books, pencils, stickers... junk like that. Exactly what you need when you're seven.

As I got older, I made it a point to celebrate Valentine's Day with everyone I loved. One year in high school my girlfriends and I threw a Black Valentine's Day party on Friday, February 13th. It was at my friend Kim's house and I remember we had black roses for each other. It was great. In college, we'd get dolled up and spoil each other. When I worked at the day care after I college, we had the best time making heart projects for the week leading up to the big day. I've always loved making it a special day.

It wasn't easy every year... my first Valentine's Day in Vegas was especially hard. There was a lot going in my world. It was a combination of some scary, bad stuff and some silly drama. But, in the end I went to the movies with a dear friend and had a wonderful night.

This year will be just as good as any other year:
  • I already got my present from my Mom- a great book (Sundays at Tiffany's) and some other fun stuff.
  • My Aunt Beth sent me a great e-card about being thankful for not being with awful men (how true that is...)
  • My Aunt Maureen sent a card updating everyone about her family, complete with little notes from my two cousins in college. It was really nice. I like that she sends that out at Valentine's Day.
  • I'll be teaching that day (Acting classes to little kids), so we're gonna have to have chocolate for the students.
  • I'm going out with two of my dear friends (Abby and Ava) and I think I sense a good movie and ice cream in my future.
So, thank you, Valentines. For making my heart full and my face smile every year.

4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you feel that way about Valentine's day. It is a great attitude to have believe me. Hope you had a wonderful day and some good ice cream!

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  2. You remembered..... It brought a tear to my eye. We also used to have little parties at my house and bake Pillsbury sugar cookies. :)

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  3. Who is Aunt Beth?

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  4. My Aunt Beth is actually a cousin on my Mom's side of my family... but we're very close and she's always been Aunt Beth to me. :)

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