Love is meant to give away
January 30, 2012
by Jenni Sebora

That special day is fast approaching when we tell the people we care about how much we do care about them and all that good stuff. It is a simple holiday without all of the stress to remind us that we do need to take time to say and show those close to us how important they are and how much we do care about them.

I read that about 70 million Americans go out to restaurants on Valentine’s Day. Certainly, dining out or dining in is one of the special ways we celebrate this special day. I am always up for dining out, more for the ambience and conversation than for the food.

The past few years, my family’s tradition has been exchanging cards and small boxes of chocolates with each other and dining on a heart shaped take-home pizza and chocolate and whipped topping dipped strawberries.

In my classroom, the students are creating different valentines to sell as part of a fund raiser. We have been cutting flowers, stems, and butterflies to create some pretty neat valentines. We cut flowers and stems and punched a hole in the middle of the flower to insert a sucker. On the butterfly bodies, between the wings, we taped on suckers and put googly eyes on the suckers. We also put foam heart stickers on the butterfly wings and wrote cute sentiments on the hearts to add that extra special touch.

Of course, writing your own sentiments to your loved one is extra special. Start your sentences with, “I love you because . . .” or “You make me smile because . . .” And then write specifics about why you feel this way. It is amazing what kind words can do for a person.

I think the best gift from someone is truly not an item but personal special words either verbally or in writing. Love can be so deep that it sometimes is hard to put into words. However, we all need to hear those special words.

We are reminded of these words by Oscar Hammerstein II “Sound of Music,” “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”:

“A bell is no bell ‘til you ring it; A song is no song ‘til you sing it; And love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay; Love isn’t love ‘til you give it away.”

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