When I was younger, my dad would give me and my mom flowers on Valentine’s Day. It didn’t happen every year, but I do remember him giving us each a rose in a bamboo vase once when we were still living in Xavierville. In one of our old photo albums, there are 2 hand-cut hearts out of red construction paper with string shaped into C and D pasted on them. If I remember correctly, my dad made these old school Valentines for my mom. He could have made up the story (haha), but I choose to remember that cute DIY moment just as he told it.
Grand gestures are great, but sometimes I feel like all the small, everyday things actually add up and trump that once-in-a-year big in-your-face surprise. I’m big on the small things.
Five years ago, I flew to Hong Kong with two of my best gals to spend V-Day weekend away on holiday. We didn’t have an itinerary, so we just planned our days the night before, snacking on treats we bought at the convenience store before heading to the apartment. One of the best trips I’ve been on and I wish we could plan another one soon.
This week, I went to a fun double feature of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You with friends. We had The Baby-Sitters Club levels of snackage (most important part of any screening, TBH) and lots of squealing in the course of 5 hours.
Then, I met up with my girlfriends for a quick chat and exchange of Galentine’s Day presents before heading to the South to have a bake date with niece. She gave me a hug as soon as I arrived and showed me her perfect report card. Our brownie cookies were a fail, but she was quick to fix the mess-up. Even if I sit in traffic far longer than I actually stay at my brother’s home, I never regret it because I get to spend time with my fave little person.
Also finally launched Macy’s Fields after staying up until 1 in the morning to finish setting it up. I got lots of good vibes from friends about it, so that felt nice. I spent all of yesterday in bed, watching a movie and catching up on my shows. Had ice cream and junk food within my reach, so all in all, I’d say it was pretty close to perfect.
I’ve had an equal amount of people on my feed either hating or cheesing these past couple of days. And because I’m a hopeless romantic, I honestly don’t mind the cheese. Doesn’t really matter if you’re single, loved up, or just plain given up on love. I think there’s a lot of love to go around for everyone. There’s a line in David Levithan’s The Realm of Possibility that goes “Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.” Couldn’t agree more. Hope you’re having a good Valentine weekend! Surround yourself with people who make you feel like magic.