Ah, Valentine’s Day… candy, cards, flowers and affection. It seems as though most people either love it, or hate it. There is not a lot of middle-ground with Valentine’s Day. Husbands cringe at yet another jewelry commercial, as wives dream of a perfect candlelit dinner that they do not have to cook or clean up after. Girls add an extra swipe of mascara in hopes of catching the eye of the cute boy in Geometry Class, and my 10 year old son stresses over which girl he should approach at his first school Valentine dance. And for one day during this cold, wintery month, we put that extra effort into finding and cherishing true love.
I think Valentine’s Day was meant to be a happy occasion, but there is also a lot of extra loneliness during this holiday. Not just for those looking for love, but for the broken-hearted, the divorcees, the widows and widowers. Alfred Lord Tennyson assures us that “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,” but that’s hard to accept when you are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Do you know someone who has lost a spouse this year? Someone who might be having a tougher time swallowing the sweetness of this time of year? We encourage you to reach out to them this week. Invite them to dinner, ask them about their first date, give them an extra hug or a longer handshake. Be Someone’s Valentine!
Amy is a Columbus native with a Journalism degree from Otterbein University. She came to Schoedinger in 2009 as a chapel administrator, and is currently the advance planning coordinator. She enjoys writing, reading, and spending time with her family.