February is one of my favorite months of the year. I love Valentine’s Day. I love sending cards to my family and friends and dipping pretzels in dark chocolate for special surprises. I love seeing men, women, teens, and children buying beautiful flowers for their loved ones. I love the smiles on the faces of husbands and wives, enjoying a delicious dinner.
I love walking into a nursing home with its hallways and doorways, decorated with red and pink hearts. My heart soars when I see the happiness it brings the residents and all those families and friends who visit. I love seeing school children, decorating a bag or a box, and proudly depositing a card into each one. I love their expressions and laughter at the end of the school day, as they read each card and giggle.
I am in love with love. Everything about it. Valentine’s Day and every day of the year.
The other side of the coin…..
My heart aches for the number of lonely folks out there whether it is Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year. I see them when helping at the homeless shelter. I see seniors that are missing their families who have passed on to heaven. I see it in the wife who sits by her husband in the hospital, with no one to lean on. I see it in the quiet child who has a difficult time making friends. All of these folks knew love, gave love, received love, and still need love.
My heartfelt feelings………
Dear readers, I hope that this Valentine’s Day and every day, we will all find a way to let other’s know we love them. Make a phone call, send a card to someone you have not seen in a long time, make a meal for a senior, who lives alone, bake cookies, or make up little plates filled with goodies, and add a note, wishing them a great day. You will see the love in their eyes, and I know your heart will sing.
Visit a homeless shelter and spend time just getting to know the residents. You will be surprised by how loving and warm they are. Volunteer at a hospital or Hospice and extend your love to those losing their loved ones. Send cards and letters to our brave men and women serving in our armed services. Last but not least, smile at those you pass in the store, on a walk, anywhere. Your smile just might be what they need. When we spread love, we get love in return. Be someone’s angel and make a difference. You will be so happy you did!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day!