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♥Valentine’s Day!

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What is this “Single’s Appreciation Day” which you speak of? I really do need to find out.  Isn’t Valentine’s Day for single’s too?

At least, that’s what I’ve always thought.  Elementary school, you make Valentine’s Day mailboxes and bring Valentines for the whole class.  You have a party and heart shaped cookies and candy.  In Jr. High/Middle School I can’t remember what we did, but I do remember trying to wear red or pink and probably sending Valentine grams to friends.  In high school our drama club sold singing Valentines and then took turns each classroom period being the ones who got to visit the lucky recipients and make fools out of ourselves (in a fun way) by singing to them.  And while there were some between couples, a lot of them were also between friends, albeit often to tease each other.  Who wouldn’t want to be sung a Rod Stewart song in the middle of biology class?  For some reason back then, Valentines was my favorite holiday.  I think I was only dating someone maybe one of the Valentine’s Days I had in high school, but I loved the idea of “spreading the love” and wearing the heart patterned top I’d made in sewing class freshman year and bringing a bag of candy to pass out to people.  Any excuse to celebrate something.

So while I know so many of us would like to be married instead of single what’s the point in thinking, after all those years in school of “friendly Valentines” that we can’t appreciate the holiday with friends, in whatever way we’d like to even without a significant other.

Now, I admit, I have two kids, and a lot of the fun in the day comes for me in that way.  I love picking out a funny Valentine for my teenage son, and something I think my daughter will appreciate in her tween years.  I miss the years when they were still little enough to cut and paste Valentine’s Day crafts.  This year my daughter made a Valentine and a necklace for an Achievement Day activity.  I think she’s planning to give them to someone else, but I’m okay with that.  😉  (She makes me stuff all the time.  I’ll live.)

So what say ye?  Valentine’s Day, or “Singles Awareness Day?”  (I promise I’ll try not to cringe and say “Grinch” if you vote for that one.)  Or, both?

And I would love to see some comments on this one!  I may just give you a chocolate for it, if I recognize who you are. ♥

 

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Author: pickleclub1971

I'm a single mom of 2: a Southern CA native, who transplanted to Utah 4 years ago. I have one 18 year old who is off to the Ivy League, and one 14 year old who is in high school. I served an LDS Mission to Southern France and I’ve also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Idaho, Northern Arizona, and New Hampshire. I love 80’s music, classical music, choral music, playing the piano, singing, speaking what French I still remember, and talking about history and music with whomever will listen. I love that my kids are better at math than I was at their age. (But they still get frequent historical references from me…anyone familiar with Ducky from NCIS? He’s that kind of medical examiner, I’m that kind of mom.) My kids also think I know all the lyrics to all the songs from the 80’s, mainly because I’m good at making them up and faking it when I don’t know. Sometimes they catch me. I’m currently disabled with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I want to get better (of course) and be an advocate for trauma survivors and others with mental illnesses. I like people in general. I suffer from the delusion that I can make everyone my friend, but of course that isn’t possible: but I still believe that the world can be a better place.

2 thoughts on “♥Valentine’s Day!

  1. What a nice post, it was fun to hear you reminisce about your time in high school, do you have a photo of the top you mentioned with the heart on it? You can donate my chocolate to your favorite charity, haha. Happy Single’s Appreciation Day to you!

  2. I feel the same way you do, Rachel! I love holidays for what they are–fun days to celebrate. I like to dress up in the colors of the season, and give little valentines to friends or family. I totally remember those singing grams you could send to your friends in highschool too! 🙂

    I have a significant other this year, which is great, but most years I haven’t, and I still had fun!

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