Embracing Valentine's Day

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Embracing Valentine's Day

The path to Valentine's Day is not clear-cut for those who find themselves single this February. Once the cheer of Christmas is a distant memory and the chill of winter has truly set in, it's fairly easy for bitterness to find a foothold. One need not look far to find an advice column encouraging all the single ladies to ban together on this hellish day and bash the opposite sex whilst pounding copious amounts of chocolate and wine. All the while riotously encouraging said angst with the perfect angry chick playlist. Such events have their place in life, but this season I was looking for an occasion that held a bit more hope.

In that regard, I decided to host a small, simple dinner party this past weekend to celebrate the ladies I love. I'm well aware that I have been blessed with wonderful friends- dear, creative women who love to laugh and enjoy great food. In the midst of winter, a season in which I tend toward hibernation, I needed an excuse to gather with others and be encouraged by the unique conversation that takes place around the table. And thus the night went. Quality conversation, hearty laughter and a deliciously rich meal... reminding each of us that we are greatly loved and that's worth celebrating all year long.

It seems to me that this Valentine's Day we each have an opportunity. An opportunity to let someone know they matter to us, that their presence has made a difference in our life. Maybe it's the spouse you never imagined you would call yours. Maybe it's the bestie who knows you better than you know yourself. Or maybe it's the cashier at the grocery story whose smile makes even the most unpleasant experience enjoyable. We have been loved, so that we might love others. It's time to pass it on.