"Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse."
(Anthropologie Peppered and Striped skirt and Field Game Cardi, J.Crew gold rose tank, HUE tights, UO Kimchi Blue Oxfords)
You know what I hate about Valentine's Day?
I hate that our culture has made it so exclusive--
that people feel left out of the festivities because they're not married or in a dating relationship,
completely disregarding the various ways or beautiful forms love can take in our lives.
I am a mother. A daughter. A wife. A friend.
I am all of these.
But without the love they involve they're meaningless labels that
outline the parameters of my life.
While my romance with Scott is filled with certain enjoyable benefits,
my other relationships are no less meaningful--
full of smiles, secrets, touches, tickles,
dreams, cuddles, and kisses.
From my children, I've learned to choose the real over the fake.
From my parents, I've learned the value of working over whining.
And from my friends, I've learned to decipher between the true and the false.
I just love LOVE--everything it encompasses, every relationship it involves.
So, just when did love get so confined in the box of romance?
I'm sure you're probably thinking,
"You're a good one to talk, Kristina...
You've got the husband, the kids, the parents, the friends."
And it's true, I do.
But even married people can take love for granted...
forget to cherish their children and misuse their friends.
Whether you're in a romantic relationship or not,
if you stopped to consider the beauty that is your life, you would very likely
realize you are absolutely the world to at least one other person...
that one who never wishes to change you, but by knowing them, has changed you forever.
the one who sees the good in you and forgives everything else in you.
And if you can just embrace the love you've already been shown
in the forms you've overlooked, maybe one day, you'll pass that special someone on the road
when you're not looking for it, when you're least expecting it.
And they'll probably, no definitely, turn their head
and risk pinching a nerve and wrecking their car, just to get another look at you...
but whether that day ever comes or not, why not use Valentine's Day
to celebrate all the other people in your life who will love you for like, ever.