Ah Valentines Day.
Love it or loathe it, it seems to be getting bigger each year. The supermarket shelves are festooned with pink and red hearts, oversized teddy bears and ridiculously; cushions emblazoned with phrases such as ‘You’re Well Fit’.
If ever Mr L wanted to break my heart he could get me some such tat.
As it goes he played it safe and got me nothing.
I tell a lie, he actually bought me a copy of the Times by way of apology that the Sainsbury’s local had run out of all their Valentines Day cards apart from one saying
“To a lovely Boyfriend”.
I like to imagine he was at least a little fearful of my reaction…
But, as we know love isn’t a simple thing. It comes in many guises, there are many, many ways of expressing it and you can’t turn on the gush for a particular day if you just ain’t feeling it. There will be many a tense meal shared this weekend with couples wondering whether those on the table next to them are more in love, more compatible and how come they’re laughing so much?!
Save the agro dudes- get an M&S meal deal and avoid the stares!
Love for Family Leary today mainly consists of early morning cuddles and another rendition of Tiddler rather than a lie in and a lazy breakfast, sharing the last slice of toast and foregoing the tea because there wasn’t enough for that and cereal.
It is enduring excessive Disney songs on a three hour journey to Newcastle where we will share our romantic Valentines meal at a Brewers Fayre on a retail park with around 10 others, kids and all, before bedding down in a family room at the Premier Inn next door; before a Christening tomorrow.
Who says romance is dead?!
Love is also my beautiful friend Becky heading to the other side of the world with her husband and children to begin a new life in Tonga. Giving up the life she knows to return to her husbands home. They will be sorely missed. Thank goodness for Skype and FaceTime.
Love is also painful and broken and imperfect, though shops and adverts and bloody Facebook would have us believe that everyone is having amazing sex, champagne galore and a rose petal strewn day but life simply isn’t like that.
It isn’t black and white- there’s at least 50 Shades of Grey in between (ooh, get me with the topical references!) and some people will be having a pretty pants day so, if you can spare a minute send a message to someone who might need a little bit of love. Give a smile in the street, give a compliment, give someone a hug or a call or a text because, as we know, love comes in many guises and sometimes it’s the platonic love of a friend that we need more than anything else.
With lots of love to you all.
PS- if you want to read my Valentines post from last year with a full on actual poem; it’s here. XxX