I'm hokie in February about Valentines.I don’t succumb to the whole greeting card bogusness of spending piles of cash on cards, but the cute heart shaped candies, child pink, red, and white paper chains, and little characters made out of hearts like butterflies and caterpillars make me smile. Maybe it is because in February, winter still has its icy grip on me and I need something that gives me some cheer. Maybe, but don't tell anyone, I'm just a big softy inside.
Valentines, beyond the romantic version of love, has more been about family and friends to me. I loved making the mail boxes as a child to collect the little cards from my classmates, and as a parent, had a good time with my kids coming up with different ways to create the box. As a child, rarely were there treats with the Valentines card, but I noticed with my kids, it was sort of a given that the card would come wrapped around a chocolate, or with a sucker taped on the card. I’m all for the extra little treats!
I’ll send a coffee card to each of my big kids, and DH and DD2 will get a bag of chocolates, and perhaps DH and I might go out for dinner sometime in the month, just the two of us. One year we took advantage of $10 heart shaped pizzas at Green Mill, and used a gift card for the pizza, an appetizer, and a couple beers. Big spenders we were. I’ll probably indulge my coworkers with treats of baked goods and perhaps some fruit, because everyone still seems to be trying to eat healthy.
February is a nice time of year to remember the niceties around us. At work the other day, a few of us were debriefing while eating our brown bag lunches, post meeting. My friend had a little pudding cup, and out of habit since childhood, I looked in my (self-packed lunch) bag, just hoping perhaps a pudding cup made its way in there. The next day, I had this little treat waiting for me.
Neighbors using their snow blowers to get the snow plowed in end of my drive way clear, someone waiting and holding doors when I’m seen juggling my coffee cup, computer, and a note pad as I walk towards it, and finding a $1.00 off coupon on the gas handle when I went to pump were some of the niceties I had in recent weeks. As a new month starts, a short one at that, I hope to hold onto a little Valentine’s feeling and not only appreciate the folks I love in my life, but perhaps show a little more nice myself.