Happy Valentine's Day!

Just a lil note to send a lil love <3

Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap for being a "Hallmark holiday" (what holiday isn't?) but I love it because I love love. It comes in so many flavors! Friendly, familial, romantic… sweet, salty, nutty, dark. Oh wait - that’s chocolate. 

A couple weeks ago I unpacked my car for the first time in five years. Dead pens, city maps, pumpkin seeds, jumper cables - lots of interesting finds. However the treasure chest was in my overhead visor: 

Yeah, it’s been a challenge to wear my hair in a bun, but for 100,000 miles I’ve had the love of these angels hovering over me. That’s powerful! I share this not to boast about wonderful friends (friends are wonderful, though, aren’t they?) but to inspire you to scribble a lil love note. It doesn’t have to be fancy or profound to brighten someone’s day. And I promise it will brighten someone’s day. I mean, it’s February, things are shaky, and it’s tax season. A splash of hearts can do us good. 

Emails can be sweet, too - a quick, “hi, thinking of you” lights up the inbox. But in this digital world it feels extra special for our digits to receive something from another human's digits. In my early twenties I used to send letters of encouragement to my future self. Receiving them from my past self broadened my perspective when the present wasn’t so comfortable. 

When I was in middle school one of my classmate’s dad’s used to pack her lunch and write a note on her banana peel every day. I thought that was just about the coolest thing ever. Bathroom mirror notes are fun, too! Along with assorted wedding photos, birth announcements, and holiday cards I've treasured three post-it notes, a piece of an envelope, and several origami swans for the better part of a decade. Just holding them I feel the love from the sender. 

I’m superstitious about unpacking because it seems that as soon as I take my clothes out of a suitcase it’s pretty much guaranteed I’m going to be putting them back in very soon. So I usually keep them in a suitcase. But I took them out. And now…

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