Over the years, I've learned that some special days need to be taken when they fit into the rhythm and flow of regular family life rather than the date that the calendar schedules. And so, yesterday was our family's Valentine's Day only because Papa was out of the mountains for the day and headed back in today.
But really, it is more this time of year. Valentine's Day arrives in the midst of when the cold seems neverending and the skies are one seamless line of undulating grey. With snipping scissors and paper bits piling up under the table, my three have been busy making art to share with each other.
And I love it all. I admit, it may be a "Hallmark Holiday" to some, but when you are five or three or even eight years old, you have the ability to spread your loving enthusiasm with everyone around you. And surely these little children have a lot of wisdom to share. If there is anything I have learned from my children, it is that they embody Love in all its beauty and passion.
They teach me that hugs and kisses do in fact make the hurts better. They teach me that holding hands, sitting in laps, snuggles in bed are the best way to express your love, without uttering a single word. They teach me that all the love you feel for someone can be felt in your wiggling body, flapping hands, and hopping feet. They teach me that if you are going to do something, do it with all your whole heart. They teach me that a picture drawn for someone is an extension of how their heart feels. They teach me that forgiveness is actually pretty straightforward...move on as soon as you can. They teach me that making silly faces can elicit smiles no matter what. And they teach me that when they whisper those three little words, it means more to me than anything anyone else can say to me...ever.
May your hearts be filled up with love and gratitude for the litte blessings in your life.
*a special thank you to Lisa for inspiring me to make these which I found in the nick of time to whip up for my family. I omitted the almonds, added different flavours, and made two dozen in about 15 minutes. Yum!