I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day. As a child, my Mom made it a very special day..special dinner, card for each of us, heart-shape cake with pink icing. But at school , I was very shy, fat and wore glasses. On the day we brought cards to be placed in a box and the teacher handed them out. In grades 1 to 5, I didn't receive any cards at school. When I was a mother our children always made cards for all their classmates and I sent cookies to school. Today my DH left a heartfelt card and my fav chocolate on the breakfast table. So enjoy the day and remember the lonely who could use a kind word or gesture today. Take care friends.
Here on the west coast of Canada, we have had a long and wet winter...grey, dull days with the occasionaly sunny one..Australia has had a summer of monsoon rains and now a cyclone..eastern Canada and the Maritimes have been hit with snow storms and blizzards...midwest USA and the eastern seaboard have had their share of cold and blowing snow....Where or where is Spring?? When I was a young mother living in the Prairies, in February, after a long, cold winter, I would buy a single hyacinth to fill the house with the crisp, earthy smells of spring..which sometimes wouldn't arrive till May/June... I procrastinated this fall and it wasn't till November that I decided to cool some bulbs in my mini-fridge..to force bulbs..the intention was for Christmas..However, today the first of 6 white hyacinth bulb has opened... my spring longing has been slightly appeased with the first scent of spring....Is winter harder to complete as you get older? or is it the memory of the smells and sights of Spring live deep in our spirit?? Wherever you live may Spring arrive soon !!!!!!!