Valentine’s Day: The Gift of Time

Recently, I have fought winter snark. A prevalent symptom for this condition includes increased cynicism in the way I view things I read, hear and see. So, here I sit. It’s Valentine’s Day; the holiday when my heart is overflowing with the love I feel for family and friends. Don’t get me wrong. I love my family and friends more than words could ever express. And, I do believe it’s important to express those feelings often.

My cynicism about this holiday is mostly directed at the push to give stuff. I love receiving candy, cards, trinkets and flowers as much as any other human. But, to me, the greatest expression of love or affection is the gift of time; quality time. If I had to choose, I would skip the candy, bottle of Barbera (maybe not), and jewelry in exchange for some extra hours of fun with my husband, children, parents, sister, extended family, and friends.

What about you?

KISS: Keep it Simply Sweet

It’s funny. I sat down to write this post at 8:30 am. At first, I thought it would be a breeze. It is Valentine’s Day after all; and it’s my day for posting about parenting, marital bliss, friendship and things that happen at home.

But, despite a couple venti-size cups of coffee, the words just wouldn’t  flow. My brain wasn’t formulating any thoughts. It was stuck. I couldn’t even squeeze out some lines that might work in a Hallmark or American Greetings card.

Then, I remembered an adage — KISS — Keep It Simple Stupid — often applied while plotting to make my employers’ new business wishes come true. However, in keeping with the romance theme associated with this holiday, I changed the acronyms.

For today KISS is Keep It Simply Sweet. So …

Happy Valentine’s Day. I wish you love. Not just for today. But, each day of the year. Cherish your spouse, partner, children, parents, sisters, brothers, extended family, friends, neighbors, pets and circles of social media friends.

Oh! And, don’t forget to treat yourself to something special. That’s what today is about. Simple indulgences make life beautiful.