Let me just start by saying that I love Valentine’s Day, but not for any sort of romantic reasons. Unfortunately for Brian, we started dating at that awkward period right before Valentine’s Day – so I immediately and clearly told him that I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. He looked kind of confused by this statement, like, it was a test and he would get in trouble by not doing anything. Subsequently, he chooses to ignore this every year, which both annoys me, and makes me smile to no end.
Valentine’s Day reminds me that not only do I love everything of the schmoopy (that’s a word and I’m sticking to it) variety-pink, sparkly, floral, hearts, rainbows, and the lot; but, this day reminds me that there are many different kinds of love other than the romantic kind.
This morning, I wished a Happy Valentine’s Day to my friends, tried to make a valentine with my son, gave my cat some extra treats, (and wished my fabulous husband a happy Valentine’s Day somewhere in there). This is the kind of day that reminds me of the conversation hearts we would exchange as kids; of the overly sweet, sticky red, heart-shaped lolly pops we hoped to get from our childhood crushes with our cards. This day always reminds me of the adorable shoe box greeting card holders that my mom used to painstakingly make with me; how she made sure that I made a Valentine’s Day card for everyone in class, and would always give my sister and I adorable heart-shaped chocolates that made any disappointing Valentine’s day better; and made any good Valentine’s Day just perfect. Even though my job is to be surrounded by romance, this is the day that reminds me to celebrate all kinds of love in the world.
So, to not only my husband; but to my mom, sister, son, friends, derby sisters, fellow photographers, and my lovely clients who had us (or are planning to have us) with them during their celebration of love: happy Valentine’s Day.