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A Bigger Definition of Love
WHO’S YOUR VALENTINE?
“To me, Valentine’s Day is about love in general! “
When I think about Valentine’s Day, I think about my romantic relationships. My past valentines have always been my boyfriends. Now, my valentine is my husband. Valentine’s Day naturally focuses on romantic love because its origins stretch back to St. Valentine, a priest who performed marriages in secret after it was outlawed in ancient Rome. This is a wonderful tradition, but romantic love isn’t the only love we can celebrate on Valentine’s Day. If you ask my sister, Dr. Janice, who her valentine is, she’ll happily tell you all about her son, Jake. Her son is her whole world, so of course Jake is her valentine! There are many members of my staff whose kids are their valentines, too. Family love deserves a place on Valentine’s Day just as much as romantic love! Let’s not forget the love we have for our friends. I know more people are celebrating Galentine’s Day on Feb. 13, a holiday from the TV show “Parks and Rec.” Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating your female friendships, which is awesome. I’m fortunate to have wonderful women in my life to call my friends. While Galentine’s Day is on the day before Valentine’s Day, I think celebrating the love between friends can be part of Feb. 14, too. Our friends can make our lives so fulfilling; don’t they deserve some love on Valentine’s Day, too? I don’t think there’s any reason why Valentine’s Day should be restricted to one kind of love. To me, Valentine’s Day is about love in general! Furthermore, it’s a reminder to show love and affection more often. It’s easy to get busy and lose track of our relationships. Life can wear you down. Sometimes we get so swept up in day-to-day life that we forget the last time we went out to dinner with our spouse or called our best friend. I see Valentine’s Day as a little nudge to get us back on track. While it’s fun to go all-out on a big, showy Valentine’s Day date, we should hold onto that feeling come Feb. 15 and beyond. We make a big deal on Valentine’s Day, not because we have to, but because we want to let the one we love know how special they are to us. It’s like giving gifts on Christmas. It’s not about the present; it’s about spreading goodwill.
You don’t have to make a grand gesture to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Little things, when done with thought, can have an impact, like sending your mom a text to let you know you’re thinking about her, catching a movie on Tuesday with a friend, or making dinner at home with your partner. A little bit of quality time can be so meaningful. Valentine’s Day serves to remind us to make time for those meaningful moments not just once a year, but on a daily basis. Our relationships are precious and they need to be cared for.
Dr. Janice and her valentine, Jake.
Whoever your valentine is this year, I hope your Valentine’s Day is wonderful and that you’re able to make time to celebrate the love in your life all year long.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
–Dr. Justene Doan
February 2020 Edition
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