Way back when artwork was sold here as home decor & greetings, Valentine’s Day cards and greeting card designs became sort of a tradition here every year. This one was designed with watercolor effects in mind. I decided to make it into a simple patterned greeting. Sometimes less is more. I love these colors so I just might keep this one and add it to the growing new gallery.
Now I know there are a bunch of you out there that roll your eyes at the thought of Valentine’s Day. I get it. The entire thing has become one big commercialized “buy your lady this fancy ring, or buy your guy this electronic device/car/whatever” mess.
We forget one thing. It’s a holiday about love. Not necessarily the type of love generated by a couple, but love in general.
One of the greatest loves I ever had the pleasure of witnessing was that of my own parents.
As some of you know, they both passed on before I reached my 21st birthday, but my memories of them are still clear as day.
This was their wedding song:
It’s still a favorite song of mine. Play this one for me today.
(I had to reuse this image because I thought it fit perfectly for today.)
Love is something we should all share. In these increasingly disturbing times we are living in, I’m sad to say I still feel there is just not enough love going around. It’s something we should all spread around, cherish, and try to make even the saddest person feel whenever we can. I feel it’s become my duty to spread this message lately.
We should not judge others for their disabilities, appearance, life choices, or otherwise. That is not our place as humans. Instead, try to see things from all angles. Ask yourself questions like “What if that were me?”, “I wonder what got them there?”, “How would I feel if someone said that to me?” etc. In other words, try to take a walk in their shoes. I know my preaching can’t change the world…but if I could stop just one person from being cruel or inconsiderate on such a lovely day, I’ve done my job.
So while you may exchange gifts today, smile in the face of others, don’t let envy or jealousy, or even anger enter your head. Today is a day not just for lovers, but for LOVE in general. Love your spouse/significant other, love your children, love your neighbor, maybe even love a complete stranger. When you open your mind, you open your heart.