Updated: May 8, 2020
Happy day of Romance, Hallmark cards, over-sized stuffed animals, and diabetic precursors. Valentine's Day can be one of love and happiness or depression and bitterness depending on the individual circumstance. For those who don't have someone to celebrate this Western Christian feast day, it can be a cruel reminder of loneliness. On the other hand, for those of us who have found someone special, it's a great excuse to lavish each other in gifts and roses and romance. Either way, it is another day to evaluate yourself and reconnect with your heart and body. For the lonely hearts out there, don't let this day bring you down or cause you scorn or anger towards the silly celebrators. Take it as a chance to be your own valentine. Lavish yourself, draw a warm candle lit bath for one, buy yourself a silly teddy bear or chocolates... Fall in love with yourself! Reignite the flame within! Treat yourself to a day of romance where you reflect on all your beauty and strength and independence. If you have a significant other, do the same for yourself as well as your partner.
My valentine this year is my Grandfather, who turns 90 today, born a romantic sweetheart. He suffers from Dementia; where I once was his favorite (and only) granddaughter he now struggles to recognize my face and name. Once I am recalled, however, he enjoys telling his favorite story about me... over and over and over again... with such joy, it could bring tears to even the strongest of hearts. This is the story: when I was about 4 or 5 years old my mom and I went to visit the grandparents and spent the day at an amusement park of some sort. Walking back to the car after a fun and exciting day, I was holding hands with my grandfather in front of everyone else when he accidentally stumbled a bit. My grandmother shouted at him from behind to stop fooling around. I stopped and turned to face her and looked her sternly in the eyes and said, "Dwam-ma, it's not his fault he tripped, I got in the way!" My grandfather was so proud and touched by young me standing up for him that this story has stayed deep within his memory bank. This year I have closed my practice for 6 days in order to come out to Colorado and visit my grandparents, my mom, and my oldest brother. So this Valentine's Day is about family love for me and the deeply rooted memories that will be honored forever.
A shout out to my sweetheart, Daniel, who has to hold down the fort in Brevard without me this romantic day. I miss you already!! Please no giant teddy bears!! I'll be looking for the little dipper in the sky.
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