I was just at the store perusing the Valentine’s Day cards hoping to get a jump on the holiday. Instead, I came away a bit frustrated. Since when did a Valentine’s Day card become an apology? More than half of all the cards I read through went like this:
I know we don’t always get along, but…
I haven’t always been the best husband…
We’ve been through some ups and downs…
We’ve had our share of hard times…
I hope that black eye heals up…
Ok, I made the last one up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that on a card. Who wants to hear about bad stuff on Valentine’s Day? A day to celebrate love and togetherness should not be the time to apologize for all the wrongs or bring up the bad times of the past. It’s a time to celebrate a life together, to look to the future, to reminisce about the wonderful events of the past, and pronounce the love and sentiment that may not be spoken during the course of a normal day. Every year, I spend a lot of time, reading through all the cards on the shelf, trying to pick out the one that expresses my sentiments. Each year, I can only find one or two on the entire rack of cards that come close to expressing my feelings. Well, today at the card store, I couldn’t find a single card. I left the store without a Valentine’s Day card.
So, what am I to do? Well, I have a few ideas. I may create my own card. I might write a love letter. I might try another card store. I’m not real sure which direction I’ll go, but I’m leaning towards writing something myself. This way I can express my true sentiments; sentiments that are not likely to be in any off the shelf card.
As I was searching for ideas, I composed this list of ways to share an expression of love.
- Create or modify a Valentine’s Card
- Write a love letter
- Share a favorite poem
- Share a favorite quote
- With kids’ toys
- Create a memory poster
- Modify a book
- Inspiration Jar
Do you have any Valentine’s Day card, letter, or other creative greeting ideas? I’d love to hear them.
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