|My sister and I remain fans of the pun Valentines from our childhoods.|
With or without a traditional sweetheart, I am a fool for Valentine's Day and its message, "Send Love."
The trappings, of course, speak directly to my child and grown-up soul: paper, red, ribbons, doilies, stickers, handmade cards and envelopes and hearts, miles and miles of hearts.
|LOVE stamp by Robert Indiana, 1973.|
|Art by Corita Kent.||..|
We are asked to be patient with what we see as our shortcomings, asked to love ourselves out of the belief that we are lacking. We are the raw materials through which change comes into the world, one kind or encouraging or inspiring word at a time. We are a source of magic, of beauty, of wonder, part of nature, blessed with the gift of language and the power to heal. We are, oh the impossible luck, the Valentines.
|Cut paper heart by Elsa Mora.|