When I was a child, we made Valentines Day cards for everyone – our parents, our siblings, our cousins, our teachers, our friends. In some, but not all years, the recipients may have included someone we had a crush on. And, up until well into my adulthood, my father gave candy on Valentines Day, not only to my mother, but to each of his four children ( his son as well as his three daughters). No doubt that contributed to to my sense that “Happy Valentines Day” was a greeting appropriately conveyed to anyone who meant something in my life.
So on this Valentines Day, let me say thank you and I love you to…
…those who have encouraged me and helped me to grow;
…those who have loved me even when I’m not being very lovable;
…those who have helped me look my demons in the face;
…those who have gone out of their way to be kind and caring;
…those who have given when I’ve been unwilling to ask;
…those who inspire me by their example;
…those who have quietly supported me, even when they haven’t understood the direction I was taking;
…those who have been willing to put an arm around me when I needed to be consoled and kick my behind when I’ve needed to be pushed;
…and all those who have enriched my life by their presence and by being who they are.
To all of you I say: Happy Valentines Day. Thank you and I love you.
[adapted from a post I made some years ago]