Last week at my Toastmasters club meeting, we ran out of time for Table Topics. This segment of the meeting is when a club member is assigned to give the other members questions so they can give an impromptu 1-2 speech on that topic. Typically, the questions are related to the theme of the meeting. Naturally, the theme of the meeting was Valentine’s Day. It was offered that next week these Table Topics could be used. Then it was shared that may not be a good idea, since the questions related to romance and “lovey dovey” stuff. I said “It shouldn't matter if we do this next week. Do we only have one day that we can talk about love?!”
I have been thinking about this the day after Valentine’s. How much emphasis is focused on this day that it has to be super romantic? What about the people without partners? Isn't it cruel to exclude them from a basic feeling such as love?
Also, as I grow older, I’m not a huge fan of all of the paraphernalia that is sold during this day. Sure, when I was younger, I liked the little Valentine cards and Sweetheart candies. Then, when we were first married, my husband would surprise me with heart shaped box of chocolates and teddy bears.
Now, I find that I am turning a jaundiced eye to the special Valentine’s Day items. For instance, I forgo the heart shaped box of chocolates. Instead, I opt for the bag of Ghirardelli caramel squares. There are more chocolate in the bag and half the price. Besides, the wrapper has pink hearts on it, so hurrah!
Since my husband and I have been through ups and downs, we don’t need a special day to remind us that we love each other. To quote one of my favorite love songs “You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me” “But Fate's been kind and the downs have been few.”
I leave with this—I like to celebrate Valentine’s Day remembering romantic songs. Here are a few more songs that are near and dear to my heart. Take a listen and see what other songs bring back good memories. Don’t save up your “I loves you’s” for February 14. Be sure to tell the people you love them every day!