“Valentines Day,” One of the biggest rip-off/most profitable days of the year right up there with “Christmas.” Firstly, The origins of “Valentines Day” are not wrapped in love, devotion and passion, but more like torture and death. Anyway, That’s a story for another day. “Valentines Day” has been morphed into a materialistic/diabetic shock day by Hallmark and every candy company on the face of this Earth all in the name of what they so humbly refer to as “Love.”
That’s not “Love” and it never will be. Seriously, there are 365 days in a year and if you can only show someone how much you love them on one day out of those three hundred sixty five, then you’re pathetic. You can’t buy love, that’s not the way it works. It doesn’t come with a price tag! Well, that’s unless you’re a shallow, cold, materialistic person. You can however, offer small gifts/confectionery treats as a token or symbol of your love, that’s acceptable. But remember, love is not an item you can purchase off a department store shelf.
What do I know about love? Well, I am certainly not an expert, but I’ve been married for almost 32 years so I must be doing something right. “Love” is a feeling, an emotion, a warm touch or comforting hug, it’s that first time you hold your new born baby or your first grandchild. “Love” is your dog or cat greeting you at the door when you’ve had a bad day, it’s remembering who we are, it’s a celebration of life!
That beautiful little girl is my granddaughter Wednesday Renee and she is Papa’s most precious Valentine. “Love” is unconditional, it doesn’t come with exceptions or excuses and children possess that knowledge. So, together Wednesday (Winnie) and I created special “Valentine” presents for her mom and dad. We wanted to make something personal and of course, from the heart. As I always say; “with a little faith and a roll of “duct tape” anything is possible!” We decided to make duct tape notebooks so her parents could write down special events, accomplishments etc . . . of the family. They are definitely keepsakes!
Didn’t they come out awesome? Winnie just turned five a couple of weeks ago and she is one of the most artistically creative children I have ever met. That gift actually runs in the family. My family (myself included) is filled with artist’s, musicians and writers. My middle daughter Sarah is an artist, graphic designer and marketing specialist. I guess the proverbial apple doesn’t fall far the tree, does it? Anyhow, back to the subjects of “Love” and “Valentine’s Day.”
Imagine what life would be like if everyone celebrated each and every day as if it were “Valentine’s Day?” I mean the “loving” part, not the material stuff. Just imagine what could get accomplished! Remember too, with love also comes devotion, dedication, hope and sometimes even a responsibility you never expected to happen. While love can be beautiful and rewarding, it can also be painful and unfair. Take for instance the pain and heartbreak that I’m experiencing with my wife right now. No, we’re not getting a divorce or anything like that, it has to do with a health issue. One we never expected.
You see, my wife was diagnosed with “Alzheimer’s disease” about three years ago at the young age of fifty two. If you’ve seen the movie “Still Alice,” then you understand exactly what we’re going through. Our lives were suddenly thrown into turmoil as everything we had planned for our future literally exploded in our faces. Life as we knew it changed. Everything changed . . . with the exception of one thing . . . “LOVE!” My wife is still my best friend, my rock, my true love and that will never, ever, change no matter how difficult it becomes as we travel down the road of uncertainty.
My wife has always been there for me and I will always be there for her–for better or worse, in sickness and in health . . . till death do us part. I must admit though, my new role as “caregiver” can be extremely demanding, frustrating and emotionally draining, but it’s “Love” that helps me to understand it’s the disease that’s holding her prisoner and that she still loves me unconditionally, no matter how bad of a day she’s having. A love like ours can never be extinguished and that flame, that sacred flame, will always be blazing within the both of us. I am blessed to be able to share another “Valentine’s Day” with my best friend and I know in my heart that “Love” can bring about miracles!
And so with that being said . . . and because she has always been there for me, I humbly and lovingly dedicate this song to my wife, my best friend, for “Valentine’s Day”
“Happy Valentines Day” to all of you and may you find true love on your journey through life.
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Much Peace, Light and Love to all, Namaste, “The Original Domestic God!”