There always seems to be a lot of dissent when it
comes to Valentine's Day. There are people that find it the perfect
day to plan extravagant dates and give expensive tokens of love.
Then, there are people that find it to be too commercial and a faux
Personally, I see both sides. I like the idea of
celebrating love. However, didn't we just celebrate the holiday
season? I still am finding stray Christmas decorations that weren't
put away and I may or may not still be in possession of a bag of
red and green M&M's. So, I feel like I just don't have it in me
to plan another celebration.
Have you seen Pinterest? Talk about pressure! There
are some pretty elaborate Valentine's Day projects and recipes. The
idea of expensive gifts, elaborate date nights and love poems just
seems like a little much to me. Just call me the Valentine's Day
I was trying to remember Valentine's Day as a kid.
Suddenly, a million thoughts came popping into my head. I can
remember our mom and dad surprising us with heart shaped boxes of
candy from Fannie Mae after dinner. I remembered my parents sent me
a hot pink fleece and homemade cookies my first year of college. My
favorite was coming home to find a gift bag filled with Ramona
books and Twizzlers.
Thinking of my parents planning to get me my
absolute favorite books and candy, and doing the same for my
siblings while also running a household of four kids, being
involved in every volunteer opportunity and both working so hard
was overwhelming. I suddenly felt so loved.
When I was remembering the kindness from my
parents, I quickly changed my mind about Valentine's Day. These
gestures weren't extravagant or inspired by Pinterest. They were
And love makes memories.
I want my kids to have the same warm memories
filled with love and happiness. Valentine's Day is just another
opportunity to break up the mundane and create a special moment
with my family.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be an expensive or
extravagant. It can be heart shaped pancakes. It can be a note in a
lunch box. It can be a Redbox rental and popcorn.
Or it can be Ramona books and Twizzlers.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Erin Skibinski is a mom of three living in Frankfort.
See more of Erin's stories here.
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