Chanel is my real life friend,
turned blog friend...
which means if you want to be friends with me..
you kinda have to be friends with her..
i dont make the rules.
Valentine's Day has never been a holiday that I loved. For so long I despised the holiday. Truly despised it, for two reasons. First because my first two serious relationships (3 years in high school and 3 years in college) ended just before the holiday. One of them on the drive home from our early Valentine's Day date. Lovely right. Second because the holiday has always seemed forced to me. A Hallmark holiday where we are told how we should celebrate and what things we are obligated to do and buy. Yuck right? I love all things festive and celebratory though. To me there is nothing like loving on those you love and feeling the love from those you know love you.
For a long time Valentine's Day was best celebrated with the girls I loved most. The best Valentine's Day was spent cuddled up in my best friend's apartment with my sister. The three of us ate dinner together, made and ate chocolate covered strawberries together, exchanged valentines (the adorable handmade doily valentine from my sister I still have years later), and watched none other than The Notebook (simply the best love movie ever!). It goes down as the most memorable because it was the least pretentious, least obligatory and so full of love!
Then came the days of dating my future husband. He felt the same way about the holiday that I did. However, when February of 2008 rolled around I didn't want my love for him to go unexpressed so I decided that I would make him a little love gift. I had my mom help me take a photo of myself blowing him a kiss and printed it repeated on the same page. I put it in a cheap frame from Ikea and wrote, "If a picture says a thousand words I hope this one says I love you over and over!" on the back. Crazy cheap but I was set. Two months later he proposed and one of the things that he told me was that when I gave him this simple gift he knew how much our love meant to both of us.
I now have my forever valentine and every year all we need is each other. Cheesy...maybe. True...absolutely!