Editorial: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is this coming Wednesday.  Are you prepared? These days, when we think of Valentine’s Day we think of flowers, greeting cards and chocolates. Don’t get us wrong, we love all those things and will be getting them for our significant others.

This holiday, just as many others, has its origins in religion and, in this case, as a liturgical celebration of one of the early Christian saints named Valentinus. Valentine’s Day first became associated with romance and love during the time of Jeffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love first flourished. By the time of 18th century England, it had evolved into an occasion when lovers, and hopeful lovers, expressed their affection for each other by presenting flowers, offering candies and sending amorous cards. That tradition carries on today. Hence, the question, “Are you prepared?”

Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. It is a day when people can unabashedly open their hearts to say, “I love you.” Our young children are encouraged to make cards for their parents, grandparents and others.

Why don’t we all follow their lead and send a card to someone to let them know we are thinking of them? Better yet, why don’t we gather those around us, who are most dear, and spend time with them? 

When you think of Valentine’s Day, what do you think of? We obviously think of our loved ones, but we also think of others who are far from those they love. 

We think of the young men and women who are serving far from home, protecting our freedoms. Those who have stepped to the front of the line, volunteering to serve their country, miss many holidays. We want to send them a Valentine’s Day message of thanks, gratitude and love.

We think of those whose loved ones have passed away. We want them to know they are not alone. Whether you have lost a parent, spouse or child, whether you have lived a full life or are in the middle of your journey, you are not alone. While you may grieve privately, we as a community embrace and celebrate your love.

We should not need a day like Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day or Father’s Day for that matter, to let people know they are special. We should let them know all year long and often.

Romance and affection should not be dictated by the calendar, but rather by what is in our hearts. As we have commented before, our community is fast-paced and hectic, and that is not a bad thing. But we mustn’t lose sight of what is important, namely, our loved ones. We should make sure that we let those we cherish know we love them, support them and embrace them on a daily basis.

Yes, we will stop by our favorite florist this week, and we will make reservations at a cozy restaurant. It is supposed to be very cold this weekend, so we may use that as an excuse to build a fire in the fireplace, as well. We most likely will find a fun movie to watch as a family. Truthfully, that is how we like to spend most weekends. In our house, Valentine’s Day is not an excuse, it’s the norm.

Are you prepared?

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