Monday, February 14, 2011

Love, love, love

My friend Jack, who recently lost his wife, is celebrating Valentine’s Day today, just like everyone else. I told him that I hope he has special memories to think of and that is doesn’t hurt too much.

Valentine’s Day is meant to be a celebration of love — a day to remember your sweetheart, the one who makes your heart beat faster.

At least that is what most people say. My mom always celebrated Valentine’s Day with her children as well, giving us special treats to show us we were loved.

This holiday is depressing for a lot of people though — people who think they don’t have any love in their life to celebrate. I know plenty of people who might be hurting on this holiday — friends who just can’t find that special someone, family who lost their loved one to a disease, friends whose happy ending was spoiled by bad choices.

That’s why, today, as all you happy lovebirds cuddle and exchange adoring words, it’s important to think about those in our lives who maybe aren’t quite so happy.

First, don’t shove love in others’ faces.

I know I used to want to just cuddle up with Nate every moment he was around. However, sometimes when others were in the room he would pull back, not wanting to make others feel bad that they didn’t have such a relationship. Show love, yes. Rub it in, no.

Second, give them a little cheer.

Don’t make it obvious that you’re trying to cheer up someone who doesn’t have much to celebrate, but maybe leave a little note on someone’s door, send someone a card or give out chocolates. Everyone wants to be remembered today.

Finally, show someone you care.

Many might not have a lover to spend Valentine’s Day with, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t loved. Tell your friends and family that you love them. Even if it’s not the same kind of love, it’s still something to fill the heart.

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