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Love is all around us
January 17, 2011
by Jenni Sebora

Just around the corner is that sweet holiday, Valentine’s Day, which reminds us that love is never impossible, forever treasured, and always cherished, or at least it should be.

Sentiments of love are exchanged in full force on this special holiday. In fact, about 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged yearly, second only to Christmas Day cards.

Not only is it celebrated in the US, but in Canada, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, Italy, and Japan.

Cards are exchanged, flowers are sent, and candy in heart-shaped boxes is delivered to those special ones, in the name of love. In fact, more than 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate factories. So, it can be said that love creates peace and harmony, and even jobs.

We sacrifice for love. There are both Christian and ancient Roman traditions associated with Valentine’s Day.

One story is told that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escaped harsh Roman prisons, where they were often tortured and beaten.

Love is powerful. It does wonders to our existence. Zora Neale Hurston wrote, “Love makes your soul crawl from its hiding place.”

Love is not tangible. It cannot be purchased. It is felt. Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

Love takes many forms among many relationships. Love is shared between siblings (although it may not seem that way sometimes), parents and children, companions, friends, grandparents and grandchildren, and spouses.

Love is confessed through marriage. The estimated US median age at first marriage for women is 25.9, and 27.6 for men.

Although, there are a few weeks before this special day of profession of love, the subject of love is always appropriate and certainly needed. Feeling loved and giving love are necessities of life. At the end of the day, love is all that matters.

So, remember, “Love in our hearts isn’t meant there to stay; love isn’t love ‘til you give it away.” Tell someone you love them every day. It is food for the soul.

(Resource: History.com)

Funfamilyeducation.com put out their list of the top 10 classic videos for kids.

The winners are: “Shrek” and “Shrek 2,” “Spy Kids,” “Remember the Titans,” Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Peter Pan,” “Veggie Tales: Cyle the Kindly Viking – A Lesson in Sharings,” “Hans Christian Anderson,” “Anne Frank: The Whole Story,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and “The Book of Pooh.”