If you haven’t already made plans for Valentine’s Day you may want to get moving. There are only 9 days left until the big day and in case you didn’t know, this year that day falls on a Saturday.
Even though it’s been a while since I’ve partaken of Valentine’s Day I’m not a hater and have no ill will towards others who go gaga and I don’t mean Lady GaGa over this romantic holiday. (Cue the violins with sappy sad music please) I have many fond recollections of Valentine’s Days gone by and I’ll forever keep these precious memories close to my heart.
Yup, I recall flowers, cards, candy, gifts, soft music, candlelit dinners, love, and romance, lots of romance. Oh, (sound of a record being scratched) wait a minute, scratch that. What’s wrong with me? These aren’t my memories. The only flowers I got were the ones I had delivered to myself; the cards were from my kids; the candy, gifts and soft music were clearly a delusion; candlelit dinner that’s minus the “s” was spent with my kids and the cats during a power outage; love and romance? Well love and romance (this is where I get a little emotional as silent tears trickle down my face) just wasn’t in the cards for poor ole me.
Back to Present Day
Although Valentine’s Day is known as the holiday for sweethearts, children and a few strays. Just a quick word on the strays – these are individuals or groups who get a charge of out of the holiday. For example a few years back a number of us in our department decorated boxes, bags, what have you with glitter, doilies, felt, construction paper, anything we could dream up. Of course the best part was the exchange of Valentines. Here we were this group ranging in age from 30+ to 60+ and it was a blast.
As I was saying, for a holiday celebrated by approximately 62% adults, countless children, and a few strays, that still leaves a significant amount of people Valentineless. I’m sure the Valentineless include haters, grumpies, and the indifferent however I’m almost certain within this group there are grown people who aren’t in a relationship who would love to get a Valentine.
With this in mind I thought why not brighten someone’s day who ordinarily would be overlooked on Valentine’s Day? So I put together a list of people and a few gift ideas for your consideration.
- Shut-ins (those with illness or disability)
- Nursing Homes
- Personal Care Homes
- Centers for Independent Living
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Hospice Care Facilities
- Active Military Members
- The Homeless
- Women’s Shelters
- Lonely Neighbors
- Elderly Neighbors
- Single Mothers
- Single Fathers
Cards Paper and Online:
- Spending time with someone (especially for the elderly, those who are sick or have disabilities)
Books CD & Online
Streaming music subscription
Streaming movie subscription
These lists are not exhaustive and serve only as inspiration to hopefully uplift another on Valentine’s Day. While I think cards and gifts are great ways to show that we care, the gift of time is so precious and much appreciated by people who are isolated.
For women residing in shelters due to domestic violence a valentine can bring a little light to an otherwise seemingly hopeless situation. Many times these women have children living with them. They are terrified, confused, and don’t know where to turn next. It means so much when another person, no matter how small the gesture, shows they care.
Single mothers or fathers also have a rough time especially if they are working full time while trying to provide for their children. The gift of babysitting for an hour or two is like gold. Little acts of kindness can mean so much.
This Valentine’s Day let’s think of the other 38%.
“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” ~Author Unknown