A Walk Down Valentine Lane

Since childhood, Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday. When I share this information, the most popular criticism I receive is, “It’s because you’re usually in a relationship.” Sure, since the age of 18, I’ve been in 2-3 relationships that lasted a cumulative ten years. Ironically, I chose men who didn’t share an inkling of my enthusiasm of red and pink candy and cheesy cards. I’ve managed to still carry on with my festivities with or without them. It was always a week of celebrating relationships with family and friends and spreading cheer. The last couple of years my enthusiasm for my favorite holiday started to die. I think intimately sharing a life with someone who couldn’t get behind a holiday that was invented by the greeting card industry finally took its toll.

This year I was going to take a break from my usual Valentine’s Day fanfare with intentions to throw heart-shaped confetti at my friends next year. Luckily for me, I have good friends who either share my past enthusiasm or play along for my enjoyment. Stephanie asked me to have a Valentine dinner with her on Friday and Anita came over last weekend and we crafted Valentine’s Day cards together. They inspired me to not completely ignore something I used to love. On that note, I am sharing my favorite Valentine memories.

♥ At my previous job, my coworkers knew my that it was my favorite holiday and that I have an obsession with chips. They taped bags of chips on my door and a computer print out of flowers.

♥ My brother and I had a Valentine Date at Build-A-Bear and crafted each other stuffed animals. I still sleep with the pink teddy bear he made me.

♥ My friend Thomas and I organized a card making party and made cards to personally deliver to the residents of a nursing home.

Cindy sending me flowers!

♥ Jennifer and I buying McDonalds for dinner and watching Love Actually. Our dessert was chocolate fondue.

♥ My high school made it mandatory that juniors and seniors left campus on Wednesdays to serve the community. One year Valentine’s Day fell on a Wednesday which was also the day the McDonalds on our street had 40 cent cheeseburgers. We were gifted candy from the school we were serving so my co-volunteers made Valentine’s Day lunches of cheeseburgers, fries, and candy for the homeless panhandlers.

♥ Instagramming Bob last year.

♥ I used to work in the medical field. We had a patient who liked to doodle on his urine sample cups. He brought in a red marker and drew hearts on his cup. I know this is gross but I find it kind of a funny memory.

♥ Wrapping presents to send in the mail for my parents and gal pals.

♥ Making Valentine’s Day cookies with a roommate and inadvertently using wax paper instead of parchment paper causing our apartment to smoke up and our heart-shaped cookies turn into broken heart cookies.

♥ The Valentine Week on Totes Awesome Channel where we were actually in the same city.

Okay this trip down memory lane is pulling me out of the Valentine funk. I hope if you’re feeling grumpy about this holiday that you are reminded that there are people around you who love you.

Question: What are your favorite lovey friendship memories?

  • Ashley J

    I’ve never felt too grumpy about this holiday because I think people fail to see that romantic love is not the only kind of love to have in life. I don’t think you’ve failed to see that ;) Now, if someone can get me to see that travel-love is not the only love, that will be a big feat!!

  • lisasyarns

    I have rarely had a boyfriend on this holiday but I still love it. I think that you should show your love every day, but I personally love that there is an entire day devoted to love. My favorite Valentine’s Days were the ones I spent babysitting for my nephews so my brother and his wife got a date night. I would get them a heart shaped pizza and we’d play games and put puzzles together. Best holiday ever.

    I also had friends in college acknowledge this day in a special way for me with a thoughtful card as they knew how much I loved it (I mean, I would put up heart-shaped lights in February!).

  • Bree

    Valentine’s Day has never been my thing but I LOVE that you love it so much and do so many creative things to celebrate it. If only more people had holidays that they love so much, what a better place the world would be. My holiday would be Halloween through osmosis of my family (my grandmother and daughter). Your post reminds me of how I am losing the love of any holiday the older I get. I remember my mom being like this as she got older and myself saying “I will not be like that.” Now look at me. I need to work on not having this attitude. Thanks for the cheerful reminder. :)
    My favorite item on your list: 40 cent cheeseburger gift bags to panhandler as a teenager. Awesomeness!

  • I’m not big on Valentine’s, considering it’s more of a Hallmark holiday, BUT love the excuse to show people in my life some love. :-)

  • V-Day is actually my Adoption Day so it’s always been really special to me. But even if I have been in a relationship, I’ve also celebrated all my relationships (family and friends), like you said above. Those are some great V-Day memories you listed above.

  • aww. i like how your valentine’s days are fun, creative, and involve doing things for others. back at UT one time i broke into my friends apt on valentine’s day (she was recovering over a breakup) and littered her room with balloons, cake, and chocolate. we also gave a surprise bouquet of flowers to a lady we met at the thai temple. and twice a group of students in our bible study visited an assisted living facility and gave out roses to the seniors. that was probably my fav. memory of all.

  • I love the way you celebrate Valentine’s Day! <3