Celebrating those we love

Published 7:00 am Friday, February 12, 2016

With the approach of Valentine’s Day, the jewelry, candy and floral advertisements are everywhere.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with spoiling the ones you love. Personally, my husband asked me if I wanted another handbag. While my heart automatically says yes, my brain says, “Do you really need another one?”
Of course, when asked, he either wants a music tutorial DVD, more drum heads or something else pertaining to his musical hobby.
But Valentine’s Day is not about the gifts; it’s about spending time with ones you love.
Even if you don’t have a significant other, you can schedule a dinner date with your single friends or family members.
I think too much emphasis is placed on the day.
On one hand, there’s the expectation of grand gestures and gifts. Whether it is the carat size of a diamond, the size of the floral arrangement or the mere cost of the item, I have known people to scoff at only receiving the minimal.
On the other hand, there are also people who are not in a relationship. Through television commercials and social media posts, they are constantly reminded of the fact they are alone.
Personally, it’s not my favorite holiday. However, I have been guilty of getting slightly angry with my husband for not planning anything.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized it’s just another day.
Each day we spend with our loved ones is a gift. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or not, if you are surrounded by family and friends, then you have much to be thankful for.
While it’s still exciting to receive a new piece of jewelry, a new handbag, flowers, candy or a card, I hope that we all remember the importance of the ones we love.
Treasure them every minute, for in the blink of an eye, they can be taken from us and no amount of money will bring them back.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and spend it with the ones you love.

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