Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day

Ooooh it's that time of year again; Valentine's Day. Oh yes, hearts and valentine's cards and chocolate and flowers and lovey dovey ooey gooey romance, right?

Not so much in our family. Geo and I have bad luck celebrating Valentine's Day. It started with our very first V-day, which I won't recount here so as to not embarrass Geo, but suffice to say, it was not the overly romantic warm and fuzzy date one would expect on Valentine's Day. We gave it a go again a few years ago, only to have our dinner take so long that we missed the movie we couldn't wait to see. Yep, that was enough for us, Valentine's day is now just for the kiddos.

Just for the kiddos? WHAT? That's not romantic, that's not lovey dovey. That's ridiculous.

Actually, it's not. Gabe and SarahAnne are the physical manifestations of the love Geo and I share Geo and I don't need a special day to show how much we love each other, and quite frankly if you are only expressing your love for one another because the calender says you should, you should probably step back and reevaluate your relationship.

Each year for Valentine's day we do something for the kiddos; one year it was a movie they both had been dying to see, another year it was a year long membership to the zoo, and this year I think it's going to be a four pack of tickets to see a minor league hockey team play-complete with on the glass seats, t shirts and hot dogs.

We give the kids cards, sometimes silly little gifts and so does the rest of our family. Today the kiddos got a card from their great grandparents that Bitsy swooned over and I'm sure Gabe will be equally as enthralled with. My sister sent them cards as well and I'm betting there are a few grandmas and grandpas who will be following suit, along with an aunt and uncle and maybe a Godparent or two who will acknowledge the day for them.

We want the kids growing up surrounded in love; does that mean that we only surround them with love on Valentine's day? Of course not, but it's a special day when you're a kid and we want them to know, especially on Valentine's day, how loved they are by not only us, but by the rest of their family. Raising your children in love is never the wrong thing to do; a child can NEVER have enough love in their lives. In fact, the more love the better, no one has ever said "boy I wish my parents wouldn't have loved me so much" now do they? Go out there and love someone-especially your kids!

thanks for the card Greats :)

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