I've always thought of Valentine's day as a time to celebrate much more than just romantic love. That's likely rooted in my childhood where my parents were big partners in making certain we felt the love that day. My mom would always adorably go all out with special breakfasts, a kitchen table adorned with strewn-about flecks of pink and red and sandwiches cut into a heart. We'd slurp pink drinks and color pink pictures and tell everyone how much we loved them. Then around 6 PM when my dad would come home from work, we were always greeted by him with flowers. And that was generally after an entire day of telling your whole classroom how much you love them! Even annoying little Bobbie R. with his rude demeanor and arm pinching habits. Love, and the celebration of it, is certainly not just relegated to romantic partnerships. Love is love is love.
With that said, I do have to (and want to) shout out to Jay. On Sunday when we drove over the bay bridge and made our way back into the city, I remember looking over at him in the car as the sun beams slapped him across the face. He was sleeping with his mouth gaping open and I was thinking "he's gonna want to take a nap when we get home after our adventure-filled weekend". Though I only made that gamble in my mind, I may as well have said it out loud because, like clockwork right in that second, he opened his blue eyes to say "I'm gonna need a nap when we get home, babes."
And I thought - dang. We spend so much time together.
As expected, when we arrived back in our space and climbed the four flights of stairs up to our walk-up, dropped off our bags and changed into uglier/more comfortable clothes, he pitter-pattered off to the bedroom to work on that nap. Later, as I did some Sunday organizing, I walked into the bedroom to hang up a shirt. The creaking of our old floors eventually managed to give me away and I heard Jay stirring. When I glanced in his direction, his eyes fluttered partially open to meet mine and a sweet smile formed- "hi babes. I love you."
I really don't need much more than that to know that my love deserves a cheers.
I love you, too.
And YOU - Happy Valentine's Day to all!