11 Feb
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Reasons I Love You

girl holding paper heart

This year I’ve implemented a new-to-us idea for our kids leading up to Valentine’s Day. You’ve probably seen the idea of love notes floating around social media. The idea is to write a note with a different thing you love about your child every day from Feb. 1-14.

I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. I’d much rather be surprised by chocolate on a random Wednesday “just because” than on Feb. 14. My husband surprised me with coffee when he arrived home from work yesterday evening. I needed that coffee something fierce and appreciated the thoughtfulness, which wasn’t forced on him by commercialization.

The act of thinking about the little things I love about our kids and putting it on paper has given added meaning to the “holiday.” I love the tangibility of the written word. I say lots of things to my kids each day and am never sure what’s sinking in. I’ve enjoyed unraveling the unique things I love about those four people. I’ve enjoyed the act of putting pen to hand-cut hearts to share my feelings. I’ve written one each day for them to find after school. It’s been a simple act, but one I know they’ve appreciated.

Each day they come home from school and eagerly check for their love note and then share it with each other.  All four have kept each hand-written note and stashed it away. Maybe they’ll pull them out to read when we’re not getting along so well. We don’t like each other all the time. I have a teenager who I butt heads with quite often these days. Maybe those hearts will bridge the gap on a day we just can’t seem to find common ground. Even when we don’t like each other, we still love each other.

Maybe they won’t keep the notes to read over past Valentine’s Day. The notes served the purpose of reminding them they are loved, even if it was for only a moment. Sometimes a few simple words is all it takes to lift a person’s spirit. It’s seems I’ve found a new tradition.

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