Looking Ahead With Lauren: Valentine’s Day – Looking Back and Forward


Kevin and Lauren

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Over the years it has meant different things to me, nonetheless I’ve still enjoyed it. As a kid it meant making valentines for all the kids in my class, receiving valentines, getting candy and other goodies from my parents and grandparents. It meant having a special note or treat in my lunch. As I got older and wanted attention from boys, Valentine’s Days were a little bit less fun as I went through awkward stages and unrequited loves. Valentine’s Days spent without a boy in my life meant hanging out with my other single girlfriends and enjoying our friendship. We would go to dinner, eat as many desserts as we could and watch chick flicks boys would groan at. Still very fun!

Still I remember my first Valentine’s Day with my first boyfriend. I was so nervous I couldn’t even eat. I had never had a boy on this “day of love” and wasn’t really sure how to act or what to buy.

Let’s fast forward to the present. This Valentine’s Day is the third one that I have celebrated with my current boyfriend, Kevin. I love celebrating it with someone I care about so much. One of my favorite things about the holiday (and any holiday really) is getting gifts for someone. I love thinking of ways to show people that I appreciate them with a fantastic gift they’ll love. This year (let’s hope he doesn’t read this!), I am making him a blanket with his favorite sports teams on it, I got him a cute Valentine’s Day frame to put our photo in, I got him some gummy candy he has been craving and of course a card!

I know someone people scoff at the idea of Valentine’s Day because it makes them depressed if they’re alone, they don’t want to spend money on a pointless holiday gift, or maybe they just hate the day for no reason. I wish people would just see it as a reminder. A reminder to tell the people you love that you love them. You don’t have to spend hundreds on diamonds and flowers and chocolates. Anyways, to me a heartfelt or handmade gift is much sweeter than jewelry or other treasures! If you have a significant other, spend the day or evening with them. Remind them why you love them. If you don’t have anyone special in your life, use this day as an excuse to pig out with your friends!

So no matter what happens in the future, I hope to always love Valentine’s Day and spend it with someone I love.

Please tell me what you think of Valentine’s Day and what you plan to do on Feb. 14!

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  1. dearest Lauren; thanks so much for sharing. Valentine’s Day is a truly poignant and special holiday for me for many reasons! Call it extemely special, so reading this opened my mind to so many memories. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, and please wish Allison the same.

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