Today is Valentine’s Day, or as one of my wittier friends likes to call it, National Singles Awareness Day.
I’m not one of those people who is completely over the top about Valentine’s Day. I sure do enjoy a good Valentine’s present from a sweetheart, but considering that my primary love language is Quality Time, I’m not one of those chicks what has a hissy fit if I don’t get a piece of jewelry and dinner at a five-star restaurant on V-Day. Also, since I haven’t had a sweetheart to speak of for a significant amount of my adult life, I’ve started thinking a little bit more broadly what constitutes a Valentine. Here are a few people who I want to Be Mine* in 2013.
- My momma. I love my momma – she is a good lady and she probably loves me more than anyone walking the face of this earth right now. She deserves to be my Valentine just like any mother who is worth their salt deserves to be their child’s Valentine. There are not enough appropriate words in the dictionary to describe why my momma should be my Valentine.
- My BFF Heidi. Heidi and I have been friends for thirty years – ever since she moved from Union, MO to Pacific, MO when her family needed to relocate after the Flood of 1982. Of all the people I know who are my age, Heidi is my longest-standing example of unconditional love, and though most medical professionals might dispute this, I am pretty sure she has been carrying around part of my heart inside her body for these 30 years.
- My Imaginary Internet Friends, of which there are too many to name. A group of them that I have been thinking about recently got together to make sure I knew I was loved and cared for the Valentine’s Day after I lost Andy. I got big piles of flowers delivered to my workplace so I could do the ever so important NEENER! I GOT ROSES! walk at the office, as well as cards and emails. Most of these people I’d never met in real life, yet they reached out to me at my lowest time. These people will all be my Valentines forever.
- My friend Kelly. Kelly is a fellow CrossFitter and blogger, and is one of the funniest, kindest, and most real people I know. Being around her makes me feel good, and I can’t remember the last time I was with her that she didn’t make me smile.
- My work wives Shelby and Kristi. They are my most favorite friends from my new job. We are all very different from each other in personality, temperament, and professional competency, and yet we have similar values – including a love of laughing and enjoying our loved ones.
For those of you that have a special someone – enjoy your V-Day with them.
For those of you who don’t – take stock of your life and think about all of all the Valentine’s that you might have had all along without thinking about it.
To all of my friends, including Those Not Listed Above – I hope you will continue to Be Mine in 2013.
*Some of you may read this list and wonder “what about Kip?” I don’t know whether he wants to be mine or anyone else’s Valentine given some personal stuff he’s been through, which is a million and five percent understandable. And I know he already has 3 Valentines – his kiddos – so he might be spread a little thin. So I’ll just enjoy him when I can. 😉