Valentine's Day--what a beautiful concept--a day to celebrate love and beauty, and a reminder to tell people that we love them!! I love Valentine's Day and believe that it doesn't just have to be about couples. When we were small, it wasn't about telling that "one special someone" that we loved them, it was about telling everyone that we loved them. The fun was in giving everyone a valentine, still sticky with glue and glitter and getting a hug or a smile in return. For me, that is the real beauty of Valentine's Day--taking time to remember to say I love you to everyone: your significant other, family, friends, coworkers, yourself, and LIFE!!!!
Here are some lovely pictures and a poem that remind me of what I love and why life is so delightful when I let it be!!
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
There is such a beautiful dreaminess about Klimt.....And it simply is never Valentine's Day without Tasha Tudor!!!!
And of course, it is not Valentine's Day without a swing.....hmm?
As always, Renoir captures the beauty of human nature. There is a beauty in his paintings that suggests looking past the ordinary into the playful wonder and stillness of the soul.
What an utter pleasure to embrace the joy and
surprise of unlikely friendships!
In my furry canine mind, it seems only logical to celebrate all of our loves and passions on Valentine's Day, especially the ones that define who we are!
Here is a passion for light, color and flowers.....
and for friendly tea parties....
and for creating...
and quiet moments...
and especially beauty....
So this Valentine's Day I invite you to make that lopsided, sticky valentine, spread some glitter and smiles, and love Life!!