The dh and I don't really DO Valentine's Day.
We don't NOT do it--it's hard not to when you have young children who go ga-ga over all the hearts and teddies and pink and red everywhere--but we don't really "celebrate" it as a couple.
I love him. I like to think that I show him that every day. I at least try to tell him every day. I don't really need the card companies or chocolatiers (though I never say no to chocolate on any day of the year) or De Beer's to help me tell him that, or to feel it any stronger from him.
When I was single, I used to get so upset on Valentine's Day. I took it as a personal insult to single people everywhere. A special day to rub their noses in the fact that they didn't have anyone to buy overpriced flowers for them? What a nice thought. It's good to know those days of "he got 15 Valentines and I only got 2" get carried into adulthood. Aren't you glad there's at least one day a year for you to evaluate your worth as an object of desire? (sarcasm layered thick here)
I got over it. I'm pretty ambivilant about Valentine's Day.
There are some people that aren't ambivilant about it though.
They've probably never heard of it.
Children who won't be getting any paper hearts in silly mailboxes this year--maybe ever. Children who would be happy just to have clean water and something to eat.
Children with love to give who would appreciate your Compassion.
Compassion Christian Children's Ministry is sponsering a group of bloggers RIGHT NOW on a blogging tour of Uganda. They are sharing what they witness with us, and it will break your heart in pieces and then fill it up again. This woudn't even have caught my attention if BooMama and Shannon weren't chosen to go. I love these ladies and read their blogs regularly. Now they are on this trip, and they have moved me with their stories. I have added a button in my sidebar for more information (you may have noticed it and wondered what it was). You can find a listing of all the bloggers here. Donate or not--but read their testimonies. It will make you smile, and cry, and hopefully think--then DO.
This may or may not be the vehicle you would chose to help a child. Maybe there's someone closer to home you could help. Sadly, poverty is not limited to 3rd world countries. Neither are illiteracy, abuse, disease or any of the other heartbreaking trials of being a child in today's world.
Let's take an arbitrary and somewhat silly holiday and use it to show love to a child. See if we can carry it through until next Valentine's, and then add another child.
Even if you just start with your own.