Don’t you find that we can get so caught up in the daily grind that we forget to look around and celebrate the little things? The small precious or silly moments we share with those we love should be fuel to keep us going during times of uncertainty.
Being married for almost thirty years means we have seen a lot of Valentine’s Days come and go. Things do become cliche for a reason; hearts, lace, candy and strawberries, Oh my! However, with a little creativity and preparation I turned “Be my Valentine” into “14 Days of Love”. The theme doesn’t have to be 14 days. Pick your own, 7 days, 3 days, 1 amazing night, just be creative!
Ring Pops & Candy Necklaces
I started the project silly, of course. I filled a heart covered Chinese take out type container with ring pops and candy necklaces accompanied by a card that simply said, “I want to hump you”.
Leaving the gifts in his closet seemed the easiest and best way for him to find them casually.
Red Hots: A Play on Words
One evening he received a box of red hots and a card reminding him he’s my hottie. Another day I had a small canvas made for him that said, “You are my bucket list”!
Eye roll, I know, but I love this stuff. sigh……
A Truck Full of Streamers
Having the guys at work watch him trying to get in his truck while it was full of streamers and balloons was a favorite too.
One card required math, oof, my love should never be questioned. I figured up the years, months, weeks, days and hours we have been together since saying I do and made a card telling him I’ll love him until the day after forever.
A Bouquet of a Dozen Scratch Off Tickets
Instead of having roses delivered to him at work I created a bouquet out of a dozen scratch off tickets. Using double sided tape I attached the cards to the blunt end of wooden skewers. I then stuck the pointy end into a styrofoam flower thingy attached to the bottom of a container, tied a bow on it and delivered it to him at work.
I also gave him a private gift. (Wink Wink)
The Wonder Twins
The final gift pulled it all together and celebrated our solidarity and our determination to get through the tough season we were facing. Do you remember the Wonder Twins from the Justice League?
When faced with a task the Twins would declare, “Wonder Twin powers activate….form of…..” and they would each transform into whatever form was needed at the time to help them save the day. For as far back as I can remember I have said this when faced with something daunting.
T shirts were needed. T shirts seemed like the perfect way to remind us not only are we in this together, but we can transform into whatever is necessary to see us through the challenge. I contacted a friend who designs and sells on Redbubble. He was delighted with the idea and was immediately on board. (It is still a best seller, because people buy two at a time)
Although Michael isn’t much of a gift giver I still enjoy giving gifts and cards to him. I still get to enjoy the moment and whatever benefits come with that. He told me over and over during the 14 days how valued he felt from my gifts of love. Bingo. We have a winner.
Share the Love!
After sharing this story with a friend she decided to do this for her family. For two weeks, every morning at breakfast, the kids and her husband received a small gift. She said the kids were so excited to wake up and discover what had been left for them that day.
These gestures aren’t expensive, but the impact can be life affirming. Actually, I don’t see any reason a person couldn’t do these very things for themselves. Self love is just as beautiful. Maybe you don’t need to wait for someone to do them for you.
It’s about taking a moment and elevating it to a memory. A memory to carry us through.
If you decide to do 14 Days of Love or any variation of it, let me know. I would love to celebrate with you!