Bah humbug -or- Is love a four letter word?

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I have never been a fan of Valentines day. happy_anti_valentines_day_by_projektscribble-d4peh2w

I’ve always felt exactly what this image emotes. Why does someone need to have a reason to show someone you love them?

Love should be given freely, without strings, even those attached to balloons. I’m not sure if it is my VD  disdain stems from my abhorrence of all things commercialized; or if maybe, years ago, I didn’t get a Snoopy Valentine in my classroom Valentine bag from someone I had a crush on. I tend to think it’s more the former, but I have to wonder.
There is a teeny part of me, that secretly hopes that someone- someday will surprise me with flowers, and ribbons, and confetti, and hearts, balloons and candy, that someone will feel SO much love for me, that they simply cannot NOT succumb to the hype, and they sweep me up and we wait two hours to have a “romantic” dinner with everyone else in the city. But honestly, those things would probably mean more to me in July than they would on some “prescribed” day.

As I prepare to go into work and give special “holiday” massages to couples who  celebrate their love by letting strangers run the kinks out, I only feel conflicted.

I suppose I can let down my guard enough for the day to celebrate others celebrating each other.

I am not a Christian, but one Biblical quote always speaks to me “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Or —

Happy Valentines day.
love and light.

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