Valentine’s Day

“Valentine’s Day:  The holiday that reminds you that if you don’t have someone, you’re alone.” — Lewis Black

“Happy Valentine’s Day!  And if this is news to you, my guess is you’re probably alone.  Valentine’s Day is oftentimes a, well, it’s a manufactured day that really doesn’t mean anything. — Jon Stewart.

This is my fifth year without a valentine sweetheart.  Five years ago D was still living in the house with me, sort of.  Of course he wasn’t home with me that year.  He was in Virginia with the other woman.  I say this in order to say that I am not really bothered by it now.  I took valentines and goodies to the grandchildren.  They love me.  I love them.  Same with my sweet daughters.  I’m a lucky woman.  Ellen Burstyn said, “What a lovely surprise to discover how un-lonely being alone can be.” For the moment I’m okay being alone.  Tonight I don’t feel lonely.  Who knows how I’ll be tomorrow.

Purple heart for the wounded.

I’m grateful when I don’t feel lonely.  But I’m very much aware that my journey is much farther along than yours may be.  I hope you’re not lonely.  If you are, just know that you’re in good company–there are millions in your shoes.  Take heart.  No pun intended.  But I’m sending along this purple heart to acknowledge your feelings on this totally unnecessary holiday.


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