I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, and before you ask, yes, I’m single. But I don’t think this has anything to do with my feelings around Valentine’s Day. I’ve felt the same in years past, regardless of whether I was in a relationship or not. I’m certainly not a bitter single girl, and I’m not about to sulk and mope throughout the next few days. I’m just not really one for Valentine’s Day. I understand the appeal though, especially if you’re in a relationship. On the other hand though, there is something about celebrating love on a commercially mandated date that seems a bit repugnant to the whole idea of celebrating love – thoughts?* Call me a hopeless romantic, but shouldn’t love be celebrated everyday, in ways big and small? Or maybe I’m just a Valentine’s Day cynic. If you can’t make sense of that, then no worries – I told you my feelings were mixed.
*Side bar here – my feelings about Galentine’s Day? Different story, and an immeasurable yes! Thank YOU, Leslie Knope, for that little slice of girl power genius. Get your gals together and serve up a delish cocktail, like the one pictured above!
I think my attitude towards Valentine’s Day is partly why I appreciated these love letters so much. They have each been placed in books, which have then been lost and later found by someone else. They call out the simple moments of everyday, which are what make us fall in love. Read on, get lost in them and romanticise the written word, yeah? I’ve picked my favourites for this post, but you can read more of these letters here.
Do you have strong opinions on Valentine’s Day, or any plans to celebrate it? I would love to hear your thoughts! x
*Hero image: Jonathan Gregson for Sainsbury’s Magazine.