When I travelled to China for a student program in 2006 I had the task of teaching Chinese students about Canadian holidays. What fun it was to research the history of these days and all the ways to celebrate them. So on the eve of Valentine’s Day we embark on a new series. I would love for you to share your memories and ways of celebrating the holidays in the comments.
Valentine’s Day has many origin stories. What I remember most about the day though is very yummy cookies and, as a young adult, “singles awareness day.” My single girlfriends and I would get together, eat lots of chocolate and talk about romantic relationships or the lack of them. I was so relieved and excited when in 2015 I could finally send a card to my first boyfriend. I am glad now that Valentine’s Day seems to have a broader context that allows for all people to express appreciation to their loved ones. I did ask Forest to get flowers for me (the day after Valentine’s Day when everything is on sale) . I am looking forward to waffles with strawberries and whipped cream with my dad tomorrow. Most of I will be grateful for love and for the many ways that it has been extended to me.
So happy chocolate, cinnamon eating, cuddle times, hearts, flowers, conversations and whatever else you do tomorrow.
In closing, here is that very well known passage, a great reminder of what that wonderful 4 letter word means.
“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.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV