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Ah Valentine’s Day! I holiday for retailers to guilt us into buying sappy cards, ridiculously over-priced, heart-shaped chocolates, and red roses grown with toxic chemicals that have poisoned the underpaid pickers in developing countries for our loved ones.
As you can see, I grew up in a home where Valentine’s Day was not observed. Neither was Mother’s Day and Father’s Day really, as my parents see all these holidays as commercialized nonsense.
I wholeheartedly agree that they are commercialized nonsense, but the sentiment is nice. Few of us acknowledge our loved ones as often as we should. As a counsellor, I often have clients tell me how much they love, appreciate or empathize with various people in their lives, but when I inquire, rarely have they thought to tell that person. I honestly think that we tend to forget how important this is, or we assume that a person knows how we feel. Even if someone does know, it always feels good to hear it! I think telling someone how much you care is a lot more meaningful that picking up a card and box of chocolates from the drug store. I think its even more special when you initiate telling someone how you feel on a day that doesn’t dictate that we do so. Imagine how wonderful it would be for someone to open up their mailbox (or email) and find a personal message from you telling them how much they mean to you?
That being said, as a kid I always envied the other kids that would get treats on Valentine’s Day, which is why I made homemade truffles for the girls, and one giant peppermint patty for Adam, but this year I also decided to write each of them a letter about what I love about them and how much they mean to me. I am hoping to make this a new little Valentine’s Day tradition around here, but I am also making it a goal to do the same on other random days for friends and family.
So here is what I wrote to the girls (the letter for Adam is for his eyes only!):
Dear Big A,
Dear Little A,
Have a Happy Valentine’s day. Now put down the Hallmark card and go tell/write/text all your loved ones how much they mean to you!
Valentine’s Day is one of those weird non-holiday holidays. There’s issues with the ethics of cut flowers and a need to buy ethical fair-trade organic chocolate. There are those who complain about it making single people feel bad and others who say its all just a marketing scam. Yet this year, despite the strangeness, I’m drawn to the idea of Valentine’s Day.
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Michael Oliveira/The Canadian Press TORONTO — A global study of how young kids are using the Internet found Canadians were spending less time online and were less likely to have their own email address or social media account. Still, more […]
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If you switch the genders of characters around while reading to your kids, do they get confused? Or do they just take it for granted that Tolkien was writing The Hobbit about a girl named Bilbo?Read more…
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During my eight months of pregnancy, I never got around to writing about it. I received bad medical news constantly and I felt like I would jinx the health of my babies by imagining a world with them in it. It also helped that I was occupied: I finished my Master’s and wrote/released From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement. With the constant barrage of right-wing idiocy coming from all levels of government, I wasn’t short of things to write about.