My husband and I are a bit competitive when it comes to exchanging cards. Each thinks they give the best cards so every Valentine’s Day we engage in a little friendly competitive banter about who wins. His are always more expensive. I know!! Shocking that a woman wouldn’t pick out the pricey one, huh? I guess I’m not your typical woman because when I think about how much money greeting cards cost, I think “I could have bought a pie with that.”
I think what bothers me about Valentine’s Day cards is that they have become the expectation. And if you happen not to be in a relationship, well, it just makes you feel bad.
I hate that.
Although I’ve received beautiful cards from Dan, my sons, and my family over the years, one of the best ones I ever received was from a friend, many years ago. And it came, not at Valentine’s Day, but for my birthday. The words made me cry and the fact that I was not expecting a card from her made it even more powerful. I still have it and every now and then when I feel down or if I’m questioning what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, I pull it out and read it. And it makes me cry again. Now THAT’S a good card.
The Story About You
Who in their life hasn’t planted a peach pit just hoping that somehow a seedling would grow? And then they move on to some other adventure, and if it comes up–well, they don’t even know. That’s one way of picturing your style of living. You’ve planted ideas and dreams unaware. You’ve noticed somebody whose heart needs attention and planted a positive feeling in there. It’s part of your nature. You may not remember the kind and encouraging things that you’ve done…. but everywhere ‘peach pits’ are growing like crazy, and people are blooming. I know because I am one.
So maybe we should all just forget about Valentine’s Day and institute “Peach Pit” Day instead! Let’s send cards to all the people who have impacted our life in a special way.
Isn’t that really what love is all about?