Be Your Own Valentine
When I was a kid, I always wanted a candy heart. I think I was about 6 when I bought one for myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It wasn't until I was about 11 when I started wanting someone else to buy me one. I think that's right about the time when I started liking boys and when I wished boys or a boy would notice me.
Fast forward a few years and I had my very first boyfriend. His name was Chris and he was a year ahead of me in school. Chris was a sweet guy - looking back, I probably should have given him more credit for being so sweet to me. We started dating in the fall and by the winter, he had sent me 3 dozen candy cane cards. I remember getting a whole stack of them in my Spanish I class.
It was the beginning of Valentine's Day gifts from boyfriends. By the time I was 30, I was married - to my first husband, who was not as sweet as Chris. At 30 I realized that if there was something I wanted, that I could go out and buy it for myself. And so I did and it continued into my 40s. Birthday gifts, Mother's Day gifts, etc.
Fast forward to now...I have a very thoughtful and loving second (and last) husband. I knew him before I had my first boyfriend and we scarcely said a word to each other while we were in school. But, he remembered me and I remembered him and after that first kiss in the cheese aisle at the HEB grocery store in a little town in Texas, we fell in love.
I still buy myself a Valentine's Day present because everyone should remember that YOU should be your own love.