It’s been a normal weekend like any other. Early morning google searches with one eye open, mild contemplation about devising a get rich in 30 days plan, a hunger in the pit of my stomach so strong I fear I will buy pointless things when I make my grocery store run, and a permanent fixation on finding the perfect bouquet of fresh flowers. I should point out that I buy fresh flowers often, so this is not just because it’s a national day of love. I should also point out that I told a couple of friends I was purchasing a bouquet for myself because it’s a national day of love. Hey, I could change up at any moment, but that’s not the point.
As I enter the store it is as if Valentine's Day has exploded and the reminders that I am single are flashing before me like a neon sign at a late-night massage parlor. You simply cannot miss it!
There are flowers by the grapes, a few bouquets by the spaghetti squash, and an entire sea of flowers by the mixed nuts. Interpret that in whichever way you like. As I approach the beautiful assortment of flowers, I see the perfect bouquet I must have. Having left my glasses at home I can’t tell if that is a $5 sign or if there is a 5 followed by another number and two trailing zeros. As my vision zones in, I yell through my mask, '$59 for that! Are you kidding me???' The lady behind the flower counter in the perkiest voice, ‘Hi, how are you today?!’ It’s as if she knows I am the masked bargain shopper who scrambles through the discounted, yet older seasoned flowers every other Saturday. Today is no exception, I'll return on Monday when the prices have returned to the normal single person rate.
It's no surprise that this day is not a favorite for many while for some it's the day they wait for every year. I've been both, however, the more I learned the true meaning of love, the more I realized how hopeless of a romantic I really am. Sometimes all we need is love to remind us just how amazing it is. It feels good to see people embark on new beginnings, find love, make great memories, and enjoy genuine happiness. I'm not mad at the process in the least bit.
Love is a universal language that we all speak in our own unique ways. You don't have to wait for Valentine's Day to show your love and affection to family, friends, or that special someone but it's fun, terribly cute and a few flowers never hurt anyone. Be creative and do something special for him/her, put on your favorite dress, spray on the cologne that makes her go crazy, and just let go and let something different in for a change. Life is fleeting, find something worth living for and do that, repeatedly.
To all the lovers, admirers, family, friends, new or old relationships, and single people across the globe, Happy Valentine's Day!
Let all that you do be done in love -1 Corinthians 16:14
AJ writes & blogs from her home in Atlanta, GA. You can also find her work as a contributing writer at www.groovmagazine.com
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