I loved how my father made Valentine's Day about the whole family, about all the people he loved. Of course, he gave an extra nice gift to my mother, but Valentine's Day wasn't the exclusive domain of romantic love. I've tried to continue that feeling in my own family all these years later. Apparently I've succeeded - Sunshine declared it her "favorite" holiday at the dinner table last night and insisted we plan what we will do together as a family that day.
Somewhere among childhood, when store bought valentines for the whole class are the norm, the emergence of certain affectionate feelings for others in adolescence, and full-blown romance in adulthood, the fun of Valentine's day as a family can get lost amid commercial elements of the day. A family Valentine's Day doesn't take any extravagance at all. It just takes what you already have: lots of love and a little inspiration.
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