Can you feel it? That tingle of anticipation. That big puffy hearted day of romance is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day. Break out the champagne and roses, the candy and cake! Oh wait, forget it. This is real life in the Suburbs. Hmm. Get through the work and school day. Slap together some cupcakes with pink icing. Order Chinese food and yes, split a good bottle of wine with dinner. Then pat yourselves on the back for making sure the kids are feeling the love and managing to pick out a fabulous movie on Netflix and truly enjoying your Valentine’s date night. You’ve survvied Valentine’s Day in the Suburbs.
In our house, we don’t make a huge deal about Valentine’s Day, but we do make sure the ones we love the most feel extra loved. We exchange sweet little gifts and make the most of an excuse for one more reason to celebrate being together.
But not everyone has been shot in the heart by Cupid’s arrow, some may be more than a little sad on this Hallmark holiday. It’s normal, and we’ve all been there at one time or another. Life is hard and wouldn’t the world, wouldn’t social media be a more welcoming and friendlier place if we were just a little more honest about that. Sometimes, Valentine’s Day can just suck. So imagine if you will if everyone just took a breath and realized not everyone is feeling the love this week and then they did something about it. Here are a few, simple, caring and thoughtful ways to pay it forward in the world this week:
- Buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
- Go have lunch with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Call you Mother and tell her how much you appreciate her.
- Pay a compliment to a random stranger.
- Suprise your favourite neigbour with some fresh baked cookies.
- When you’re out for dinner, leave your server a big fat tip!
- Hold the door open for the person behind you.
- Collect items for your local food shelter and drop them off.
- Grab the kids and shovel your neighbours’ driveway.
- Smile. Smiling is contagious. Pass it on.
- Cook a meal and drop it off for a friend who’s feeling a little down or is simply run off her feet.
- Let that person behind you in the grocery store cut in front of you.
- Send a thank-you card to a Teacher who’s made a difference in your child’s life.
- Leave a comment on your favourite blog!
- Buy a couple extra dozen roses and deliver them to a senior centre near you.
So no matter if that little Cupid fellow hits his mark, or is way off base this year, I hope you find a way to spread some love and feel the joy this Valentine’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!