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Interesting, because this Valentine's happened to come at a time where we felt pinched in finances. We were also hosting a Japanese student at the time so we couldn't do anything "just between us" with her there. So I started questioning, "just what is the point of Valentine's Day?" When you don't have someone to love and/or your finances don't support doing anything fabulous to celebrate the day, you kind of question whether it's really necessary.
In the long run, we wound up giving each other small gifts and giving our student some candy and a balloon. In Japan on Valentine's day, girls give the boy they like chocolate; and a month later, on March 14, if the boy likes her in return he reciprocates. Imagine having to sweat that out! Anyway, our gift to our student surprised her. We had a nice dinner (steak, salad, french bread) between the three of us at home. A day or two earlier I'd gone to my mother's place (she's a widow and lives in an Alzheimer's residence) and gave her a teddy bear, a card and some balloons. It made her happy, even with her limited understanding of the world around her (due to her dementia).
Afterwards, I got to thinking about Valentine's Day at this time in my life. I love to be romantic with my husband, but I think I'd like to add a deeper aspect of it if I can. I'm thinking about finding a way to show on that day love to those who feel unloved. Making a phone call, sending a card, an email or giving a small gift of candy. Just something to let them know that someone loves them and cares about their life. I've got a whole year to give it some thought.