a love for Love and a little honey, too

by Jillian Douglas

Oh, this is so perfect! I adore Valentine’s Day. I think love should be celebrated as much as possible, and even before love came to me, little feathers floated up my spine whenever I thought of this romantic holiday.

Maybe I’m this way because of many Disney movies swirling my chillun self into the abyss of romance and lovability and moments of beauty and kisses. But it runs so deeply within me, I think God just poured a heap of this unquenchable desire into my tiny heart when He made me.

I didn’t know until I perused my blog subscriptions and found this Etsy blog post last evening that not only is Saint Valentine responsible for giving us, inmyopinion, the best holiday ever, but he is also the Patron Saint of the Beekeepers. And if there’s anything else that makes my little heart giddy, it’s dreaming of keeping bees one day (which all started with this book right here). Somewhere in my future are fields of thick, golden honey, covering a lightly toasted slice of bread or hidden in countless, delicious concoctions. Beekeeping has the charm of farming, but skips the reek and (sad) butchering.

Anyways, this little piece of information, folks, made me smile and appreciate Mr. Valentine even more. I’m not a believer in saints and powers that people have given them, but I do like those odd little connections that sneak up on you sometimes.

Now I know for most of you, just thinking about another day so focused on the lack of love in your life will put you in the gloomiest of moods for prettymuchforever. But please, readers, open your heart a little more this year- before or even after the 14th. Be reminded of all the love your parents poured over you when the world was much smaller. Remember the little joys of a best friend passing you a note during class, or trading a bit of his lunch with you. Remember that with every sunbeam of happiness, with every spec of glee, God is still pouring that Love into your life, for you to experience and treasure.

I hope you do.

Here’s some more Valentine’s Day love:

Give your sweetie something handcrafted this year.

Send a letter to someone nifty; fancy it up with a wax seal!

Remember the good ol’ days of making handmade valentines and handing them out to your classmates and friends? Why not try that again? Etsy is collecting valentines so they can cheer up someone in need come V-day. Hurry- deadline is the 7th!

Put a little love in your hearts! Enjoy a free reading of romantic love poetry at Writers and Books in Rochester on February 7.

Photo by Jill Douglas.

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