Well, another observance is upon us, that day of love… of telling your significant other how much you adore them… a day to do something nice for the one you care for. Does there need to be a specific day positioned on the calendar to do so? I am sure we all try to make our love ones feel special throughout the year, but it is not all hugs and kisses. We all have a spat now and then. I think that is human. It is part of our nature, living together under the one roof…leaving the toilet seat up…not changing the toilet paper roll or not putting the cap back on the tooth paste…can make for a minor annoyance or an outright confrontation. Such is life. I guess a reminder is a good thing, and Valentine’s Day comes at a time when it is nice to have something to look forward to during the winter season.
I have fond memories of mom bringing home the large Valentine’s book, having to cut them out and ponder who was going to get the “mushy” ones, the friendly ones and of course, the biggest one, the girl on a swing, that one was reserved for someone special in the class. Most times, that one, for me, was reserved for the teacher (if she was nice). I have searched the internet and can’t find that old book, but there are plenty out there that you may remember.
Today Lisa and I get to see the excitement of Valentine’s Day through our children; they love to dress up with plenty of hearts and red on for school today. Maggie takes it to the next level and prepares cake pops with delicious icing for her class mates (with a little help from mom). They were tasty and very well designed. I took a pick and posted it on my Twitter and Facebook. The reaction had her smiling all evening, especially when Todd Perrin posted on Twitter that she did a great job. Comments like that go a long way with a 11 yr old who adores baking and is a fan of Chef Todd.
On a final note, as fun and romantic Feb 14th can be, there are plenty of women out there who face a world filled with some sort of abuse or lack of respect. In most cases, this is something that is taught from youth. It is wrong and immoral to treat someone with disrespect, especially those who should be your loved ones. The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has an ad campaign that addresses this issue and I applaud them for taking the lead in this serious issue. If you have not had the opportunity to visit their website on this social and emotional problem please visit http://www.respectwomen.ca/ and join the purple ribbon campaign and “Respect Women”.