February 13th, 2013
There are two types of people in the world: those who love Valentine’s Day and those who do not. I happen to fall into the latter category. It’s not that I’m not happy in my marriage, because I am. And it’s not that I don’t love eating chocolates, because I do. It’s that it feels like an insignificant celebration for something as significant as love. I want more than one single day to commemorate how I feel about my husband. And I want my husband to show his love for me everyday.
So I’ve been reading up on the Valentine’s Day and acts of love. Here’s what I learned:
· There will be approximately 200,000 marriage proposals uttered today.
· The earliest love poem was found on a clay tablet from the Sumerians from around 3500 BC.
· The most extravagant gift of love was the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
Amazing, right? But it’s seldom that our Valentine’s Day gestures endure. The more than 50 million roses sold worldwide will be dead by next week. And the $1 billion worth of chocolate we buy will be nothing more than empty boxes and regret in a few days.
So here’s my solution – it’s easy and you can do it too - I have my pad of post-it notes here on my desk and I’m finishing these sentences over and over again:
· I love you because…
· You make me smile when you…
· Do you remember the time…
When my husband gets home from work, these notes will be plastered all over the house – on the front door, on his beer in the fridge, next to his toothbrush, on the TV – so he can spend days finding them and smiling about all the things I wrote. No, it’s not the Taj Mahal, but it’s a gesture that reminds us both to appreciate the everyday, not just the holiday.
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