Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of St. Valentine. He lived in the third century and was steadfast in his faith during a time when it was dangerous to do so. While little is actually known about his life, what IS known is that he was in no way affiliated with Hallmark greeting cards, mylar balloons, overpriced flower arrangements, chocolate-covered strawberries, or expensive restaurant meals.
He ABSOLUTELY had NOTHING to do with “Fifty-Shades-of-Gray” teddy bears or nasty underwear. If anything, “Valentine’s Day” has evolved into anything BUT how St. Valentine would want his life to be remembered or celebrated.
That is why my family decided several years ago not to celebrate the commonly recognized day of spending, February 14th. Those of you who follow my ramblings, know how I feel about the hype. Deerslayer knows that I don’t love him less if he doesn’t cough up the goods on Hallmark Recognition Day. In fact, I love him more for sharing and respecting my feelings that forced, artificially-imposed tokens of love and affection just aren’t necessary.
I’m 100% in favor of setting aside a special time to show loved ones how much we care. It’s just that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, just be a sincere gesture. And who says it has to be a single day?
Deerslayer would love a great backrub on the folding massage table that I bought him for Christmas several years ago. (Best gift EVER!) A delicious meal of seared venison tenderloin, roasted asparagus, and a salad will be wonderful. Nothing says “I love you and appreciate your hunting spirit” more than preparing a dish featuring wild game that a beloved hunter has brought home. Follow it up with a favorite dessert and a movie at home and you’re golden. No guilt. No long lines. No plush animals. No mylar.
Want to give the gift that keeps on giving? Any hunter would appreciate a gift card that could be used during the next hunting season for cheerful gate opening and closing on the ranch or lease with no whining or pouting. Trust me on this one! No strain on the credit card, either. Just thoughtful giving of oneself.
If your loved ones have to have the chocolates, the flowers, the cards, and the plush animals, it will all be 50% off tomorrow!
Cherish your loved ones, show them you care not just on Feb. 14th (or 15th) but every day!