Thursday, February 11, 2016

There's love and there's love and ...

By Victoria Abbott aka Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini

The ancient Greeks had many words for love: five, six or seven depending on who you ask.  But you ask me, I’d say that we in contemporary North American society also value love in many forms.  In the run up to Valentine’s Day some of us might be thinking of a special dinner or flowers from a husband or special person as an expression of romantic love. 

After a couple of bad experiences in overcrowded restaurants, we prefer to stay home and make our own lovely dinner.  

This Valentine's weekend we are also looking forward to seeing some family and expressing our love of family with a big pot of chili, maybe a heart-shaped cake, homemade Valentine’s cards and plenty of hugs.  

Maybe sitting with a friend or family member over a cup of hot chocolate might be just the trick! We love our friends and that love makes a huge difference in life.

We’re not sure if the Greeks had a word for love of the family pet.  We’re pretty sure the spoiled pooches in many of our readers’ families will be getting their own version of the heart-shaped box of chocolates in the form of homemade treats on Sunday, Feb 14th.   

We're wearing Valentine colors -- so why don't we have those treats a few days early?

We like to complain about winter and how it drags out. The traditional Valentine’s colors of bright pink and red can sure lift our spirits after the unrelenting gray and snow. No wonder we love a winter sunset so much.  I don't think the ancient Greeks had a word for it.

We also love our readers and we are beaming you all our affection right through the weekend and beyond. 

Whatever we do, it doesn’t have to be commercial at all, although it can if you want it to be. It’s great to have options and to be able to celebrate the day anyway you want with anyone you want and that may mean not celebrating at all, except to sit and enjoy a cozy book. Is that even optional?

Come on over and let us know what you like or don’t like about Valentine’s Day.

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