Serenaded by the National Anthem in the background, I recognize the importance of showing appreciation for what we have, what we’re given, and the blessing of having people in our lives who give us those gifts. The National Anthem is a reminder of the men who aren’t together with those they’d like to be giving a valentine this year, and the many who won’t receive a valentine, because they’re off in some other place far removed from the ones they love.
As I contemplate the possibilities this Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded that I don’t have a “Valentine”, or anyone in my life who considers me important enough to spend money on me, this time of year… Not that I’m without friends, just that I’m without that special friend who would remember that I love heart shaped necklaces with rubies, diamonds, and white gold, or a singular sapphire, or pearl in a teardrop. Nor is there anyone who will remember that I prefer Whitney’s Sampler Chocolates over Russell Stover Chocolates… Is that even something that makes a difference?
I could give a Valentine Day gift…
I considered for a while the tradition of men giving their wives or girl friend’s gifts on Valentine’s Day, and the blessing that comes with the gift. The joy of giving…
The joy of giving, and the gratitude that comes back is such a blessing to the giver… provided there is gratitude.
Provided there is gratitude.
That’s the joy I was looking for… Someone who appreciates the gift. That’s the wonder of a relationship, knowing you’re treasured because someone not only takes the time to choose a gift for you, but receives the appreciation and gratitude you offer in reverse. But even more importantly, someone you can give a gift, who will appreciate your effort.
Looking for a valentine?
Yeah, I’m available.