valentine blues & (hope-filled) grooves

“Love is space and time measured by the heart.” Marcel Proust

It’s Valentine’s Day. In stores, emails, tweets – it’s all LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  Mushy sentiment for the masses. Chocolate. Sweethearts and sweet tarts (do they still make those little heart-shaped ones?)

The thing is, maybe there’s no sweetheart in your life right now (partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, loving kangaroo?) ‘Tis easy getting a little down on Valentine’s Day.

This down can be a real downerespecially the “nobody-loves-me” insecure one. When fleeting ghosts of relationships past lurking in the crevices of our hearts put in an appearance, the downer of lost chances dives even lower.

The thing to consider is this: there are all kinds of love. Love is not just kisses, romance, and life-long hanging out with someone (however dashing that someone may be.)

There’s also friendshippy love: the comfortable sort that hangs out with us dressed up or dressed down, through thick & thin. No make-up? No worries.

Then there’s parental love, the kind that lifts our skinned knees, bruised hearts and pimply insecurities with super-sized hugs and supportive arms that never let go.

Lots has been written about the multifaceted dimensions of love, but instead of flirting with Valentine blues why not think about how our love can lift others?

As shared previously, my Mama regularly wrote love notes she slipped stealthily under our doors. (They mean everything now – we miss her so much!) But, one night during my care-giving gig, I slipped an I-love-you note under her door. When I went into my parents’ room the next morning, the note stood proudly framed on a prominent shelf.

It now stands on my shelf as a reminder of what a hastily scribbled note meant to my precious Mama. ‘Twas humbling, that.

How many times do we think about saying or writing the words: I love you? Or, hey, if that’s hard to communicate, just a ‘luv ya? Or, if that’s uncomfortable, sharing a smile filled with lots of affection? (Not a freaky smile, but an affirming one?)

Or you can, like me, draw highly sophisticated smiley faces.  🙂

“I love ya, love, ya love ya… more than I can ever tell ya!”

A (long ago) still-treasured gift from my sis

Whatever our comfort levels, we can fight Valentine’s blues by sharing love grooves a little more freely in these crazy times. Not just on Valentine’s Day – but every day.

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Maya Angelou

Wishing you all a HaPpY (hope-filled) Valentine’s Day!

grace, peace & love grooves

  Virginia : )

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz

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24 Responses to valentine blues & (hope-filled) grooves

  1. awwh-such a sweet post-Happy Valentines Day!

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Michele – hope you have a special Valentine’s day blessed with extra doses of bountiful love (& chocolate!!) 💕🎂💕🌟💜🌟🍫🌟🤗🌟💜

  2. Carol-Jo says:

    I love you, dear sister in Christ. Enjoyed your blog..

  3. Happy Valentine’s Day, beautiful 🌹

  4. Clarke Morledge says:

    You might enjoy this, to brighten your day…. Maybe???????????? 🙂

  5. faith2426 says:

    You say it so well. Happy Day to you too♥️


  6. Debbie says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Virginia! And if anybody is still finding themselves down in the dumps, remember that God loves each of us as if there were only one of us!!!

    • Virginia says:

      Amen, Debbie! God’s love is what puts hope in our life grooves every day (not just Valentine’s Day) – love & hope that lifts us up & calls us “Beloved.” Valentines hugs! 💐🤗💕🌟💕🤗💐

  7. Dewin Nefol says:

    Namaste Virginia 🙂

    St. Valentine knew a thing or two,
    Chose red for Fellowship and Love,
    Tis why friends fly in skies of blue,
    Upon wings of a Whitened Dove.

    Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

    Namaste 🙂


    • Virginia says:

      What a lovely Valentine’s Day poem, Dewin! Thank you. Wishing you hope-filled life grooves – today & every day – blessed with love soaring on wings of doves in the blue skies of your heart. HaPpY Valentine’s Day! 💕🕊🌟🕊💕

  8. Cindy Kranich says:

    Wonderfully expressed, Ginny … happy valentine’s to my BELOVED sis! 💖

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Cin! HaPpY Valentine’s Day to you, precious sis. Wishing you extra doses of hope-filled love grooves, joy, (& chocolate!!) Love, love, love you! Gin 💕🌟💕🤗💕🍫💕🌟💕
      (p.s. hugs to Mark!)

  9. My Carmel says:

    Love it!!! Much love to you always Virginia ❤

  10. TMH says:

    Good reminder of how pervasive love can be, especially if we’re properly tuned in. Thanks.

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