I have lots of good memories of making Valentine boxes, then choosing and signing cards for school parties. (I crafted a box during the snow this year!) I wonder if my mother emphasized that process to keep me from thinking only of myself on Valentine’s Day. You see, it’s also my birthday.
As an adult, I came to understand that some people hate Valentine’s Day. Men dread not “getting it right,” and some women feel left out and forgotten. One of the sweetest expressions of friendship I experienced was when one of those anti-Valentine’s Day people sent me a Valentines. She knew I loved the day. I haven’t lived in her state for over 30 years, but I always think of Nancy this time of year. I mailed her a card Wednesday.
I have a story or two I could file under Worst Valentine’s Day Experiences. But overall, I’ve come to associate the occasion with loving and being loved. I find joy in picking out cards to send to family and friends. Please accept my heart-felt wishes for a day filled with love, joy and friendship!
… that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, … may know the mystery of God,