(we OTTER make out was for The Mr. ;-))
Soooooooooooo, some people are Grinch's about Christmas and some are Grinch's about Valentine's Day...
As most major holidays roll around I find myself giddy with delight, ready to vomit glitter and poop lace all over everyone and everything.
Fourth of July: AMERICA HISTORY AND FIREWORKS!?!?!!? SHINY THINGS??? CELEBRATING OUR LOVE OF FREEDOM???
BIRTHDAYS: A REASON TO PARTY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND CANDLES ON A CAKE!?!?!? SHINY THINGS!!! CELEBRATING OUR LOVE OF A SOMEONE???
CHRISTMAS: JESUS' BIRTHDAY AND PRESENTS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND GLOWING CHRISTMAS TREES?!?!?!? SHINY THINGS!!!!!! CELEBRATING OUR LOVE OF JESUS AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY????
EASTER: JESUS RESURRECTION AND DYEING BRIGHTLY COLORED EGGS!?!?!!?? BRIGHT COLORS AND SHINY CUPS OF FOOD COLORING!?!?!?! CELEBRATING OUR LOVE OF JESUS AND HIS SACRIFICE
Valentine's Day is no different for me, if I have a reason to remind people that I love them and make them glittered bits of paper and gluten-free, sugar cane-free, soy-free, corn-free delicacies!?!?! SHINY THINGS, TASTY THINGS, AND LOVELY LOVING LOVE!?!?! I LOVE LOVE and LOVE LOVING THINGS! Stars and garters, IT'S THE BEST! Hipsters may loving hating things and being miserable, cynics may scoff, even those that are in loving relationships may poo-poo Valentine's Day under the reasoning, "You should be loving EVERYDAY of the year, not just V-Day", and I heartily agree.....BUT
We should appreciate our best friend everyday but that doesn't mean I'm not going to show up to their birthday party! We should be excited about our freedom everyday, but that doesn't meant I'm not going to enjoy putting up a flag, going to a parade with my lovey-doves and lighting a sparkler with The Kidlet. Traditions are wonderful things that bring joy and connection. Hallmark, and other business may try to capitalize on such things and make some money off of it (which IS annoying and sad at times...on the flip side, at least people have jobs because of it) but WHY OH WHY should we let the things we dislike ruin the things we LOVE!!!
That being said, I entertained myself THOROUGHLY making glittered animal pun cards, winged hearts, and potato stamp cards (with The Kidlet) and dropped them off to friends and mailed to family as a surprise "Hey, you're the tops and I am so fond of you!" Yes yes, I SHOULD call or text everyone on a regular basis and I'd like to think I am pretty good at doing that with at least my mum and dad, sisters and closest friends...but WHY can't I enjoy one day a year that allows a full grown woman to scamper around, covered in glitter and decked out head-to-toe in red and pink!??!
So there is my rant of the month. I LOVE LOVE and I hope you do too! I hope your week was lovely and should you be disappointed about what you didn't get from whomever I am so sorry. I used to be in that boat too but I got fed up with being glum and jumped ship!!! I'm now careening about in a leaky little skiff where I craft to my heart's content, and I row in my glitter-waves covered in lace and instead of thinking, "what am I going to get?!?!?!" I think, "WHAT WOULD ____ LOOOOVE!?!?!" I totally forgot about presents when The Mr. handed me a box this last week and was totally taken aback by the lovely yellow lace that greeted me! It was the cherry on top of a lovely day with lovely friends. I know it stinks to be disappointed, I'm not trying to be preachy, it's just something that has helped me so much with contentedness (something I am always needing work on) but seriously, try to forget about what you might get and just enjoy the giving...sounds overly-simply and sermony but (like all GOOD sermons) it's just the truth and it's truth that sets us free.
Lovies and glittery-lace and love and loveliness,