Each year, as Valentine’s Day approaches, I hear the grumbles from around the country of how both men and women loathe this holiday. Men grumble because it is a “Hallmark Holiday” created by the Capitalist Machine (that we only revere when in our favor) and women cry because they either have no man or the one they have is a forgetful hack. Although my husband is both the former and the latter in this sequence (sorry honey), here is why I love Valentine’s Day and refuse to partake in the negativity:
- Valentines falls on Feb 14. What that means for New Yorkers is that the winter ice is melting away and spring is approaching, albeit very slowly this year!
- Cherubs. Only a monster can hate a cherub.
- Red, pink and white. Did I say pink? For the next few weeks, store windows, clothes and home goods will be selling goods in every shade of pink and that makes me really, really happy.
- Heart shaped everything. How can anyone be mad at a heart shaped (pink) donut?
- CANDY. My dining table is cheerfully full of delicious Valentine’s inspired candy. Sweet tart hearts, anyone?
- Flowers. Amazing beautiful long stemmed roses, ranunculus, peonies and hydrangeas. All of my favorite flowers are in season and in bloom. Even if the sun isn’t shining quite yet, I can feel the promise of warmth each day in my home. And yes, I am perfectly ok buying them for myself and so should you.
- Valentine’s Day is not about RECEIVING love, it’s about SPREADING love and I am all about that.
So the next time you hear someone nay say this holiday, send them a cheerful bouquet or some silly balloons and on the card remind them that happy people find happiness everywhere and mad people suck (the life out of all of us).
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