Do you think it is just coincidence that during the coldest of months we celebrate the warmest of emotions? Frankly, I think it’s all a part of some glorious master plan that during the frostbite of February we pay homage to St. Valentine, the patron saint of romantic and courtly love. With lovey-dovey cards, candlelight dinners and sparkly gifts, this day that is set aside for l’amour.
In our everyday life, we use the word “love” frequently, as in “I’d love another piece of candy.” Or “Love ya,” which has become a popular farewell. And what about songs? There’s hardly a song that doesn’t resort to love as a theme.
I want to expand the meaning of love. I love my family, each and every one of them. They are my mainstays in life. And I love my friends. They are my life’s colors. I’m very blessed that I love my work and all of the talented people who help make Oyster Pointer what it is today. It gives my life purpose and meaning.
And while we’re at it, I love lunches with friends at a favorite restaurant or hour-long visits! I love texting or e-mailing or calling my favorite people to keep in touch.
I guess you have noticed by now that I love life, its many pleasures, challenges and rewards. It is the ultimate gift, and every day I unwrap unexpected surprises.
So, Valentine’s Day has become larger to me than romance. It is my time of year to be thankful for the bounty of love I have in my life. It’s the time for me to think about the things that warm me from within, that touch my heart, that maybe even sometime bring a little tear to my eye, a tear of happiness.
Enjoy this season of love. In fact, tell someone today “I love you.”