My Valentine baby, almost four years later.
Ahhhh, the pressure of coming up with something meaningful to give on Valentine's Day. My husband and I decided years ago not to celebrate. It's only a week after my birthday, so it seemed silly. Turns out, my son ended up being born on Feb 14 so that sealed the deal! Before he was born, I did sort of secretly wish my husband would do something sweet for me. It didn't need to be anything elaborate, just something he knew I would like. One of my favorite gifts from him was completely unexpected -- he bought me a leather-bound journal with my name on the front because he knew my current one was almost full. I never even asked him. It was classy and thoughtful and perfect.
As the years go on, we often forget to surprise and delight the people we care about most. It doesn't have to just be our spouses. Meaningful acts and words can have dramatic effects on anybody -- significant others, our children of ANY age, sisters, brothers, parents, close friends and neighbors. I have one good friend who is amazing at this. Every so often, I'll get a small gift in the mail with a note that says "I saw this, and thought of you." It's the sweetest thing!
This year, consider Valentine's Day gifts for anyone... or everyone! We could all use a reminder that we are loved and appreciated. I'll probably bring some baked goods to a neighbor, send a card to my sister, and take my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for my son's birthday (wait... does that still count?) Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't remind you of the emotional impact of a photograph. Whether you give to your mother that family photo she has been begging for, or you surprise your wife by splurging on newborn photos for the baby you'll soon have together, or you reward your best friend for all of the hard work she's put into her weight loss with a session just for the two of you. Women LOVE photos. The gift of photography lasts forever. (Which is far longer than overpriced roses, by the way.)
Happy Valentine's Day to you all! <3 Timorah
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