Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy February!

. . . Love is in the air . . .
(not to mention, lots and lots of snow!)
(and ice!)

I've never been big on Valentine's Day as an adult.
As a child though, I couldn't wait to run to school 
for the annual Valentine's Day party. I can still taste those
heart-shaped lollipops inscribed with words like "Sweetheart"
and "Love" that faded on your tongue with each voracious lick.
And how I looked forward to coming home with my decorated 
baggie stuffed with Valentines, and meeting my best friend down 
the block to share our cards and trade our chocolates and sweets.

Yes... looking back, I really loved that day.

It wasn't until I reached high school and gushed over "unrequited
loves" and heartbreaks that "ruined my life" that the magic of this 
day, once so vital in my childhood, curdled into nothing but resentment.

It lingered in that style till but a few weeks ago (it took me that long, I know...)
when I found an old journal of mine from second grade. Reading through
it, memories from those years swirled throughout my head, memories
that were all but forgotten-- and would have stayed that way--
if this journal hadn't touched my hands again.
 And one of the major things that struck me while reading was how 
excited I was for Valentine's Day.  From the middle of January until the 
very day, I repetitiously mentioned my excitement for this holiday:
"Jan. 25, 1996
Today I am going to have a Valentine's Club. It is fun to do Valentine's
things. It is fun to wait for Valentine's Day. You can play fun games for 
Valentine's Day. I am happy it is almost Valentine's Day. It is fun to wait."

and on Valentine's Day:
"Feb. 14, 1996
Today is Valentine's Day! I am so happy. We are going to get cards from our class. 
I can't wait for the Valentine's party, that is when you get the cards. I am so 
happy it is Valentine's Day. I got a toy from my mom today. It is so much fun!"

It was then that it struck me...
I had forgotten what Valentine's Day really was about.
It isn't pointless, or depressing, or "invented by the candy companies,"
it's a day to celebrate your loved ones, and feel celebrated yourself.
I had a better understanding of that when I was 
seven than I did up until I was twenty-two!

So what am I trying to get at here?

Enjoy this holiday! 
Even if you don't have a significant other (me neither!)
This day is about love, and all kinds of it!
Love for your family, love for your pets... 
love!

With that said, I leave you with a beautiful tribute
to Valentine's Day by our very own Tasha Tudor:






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21 comments:

  1. ....'it's a day to celebrate your loved ones, and feel celebrated yourself.'
    Perfect Post!
    I loved reading it! And yes, there is something special about honouring our loved ones on this day! I am such a fan of Tasha Tudor...thank you for sharing her for Valentine's Day!
    Love your header and am trying to decide who the artist is. My friend makes cards with a similar stamp of those precious faces.
    Your blog is beautiful!
    Joanne

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  2. Great post Erin. You hit the nail on the head. Its about honoring all the special people in our lives. The sweet pictures made me smile. Lovely!!

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new header...i have all of those joan walsh anglund books...the ones from my childhood....LOVE all the tasha tudor too...my favorite.....

    and the red gingham border...darling

    made me so happy to visit here today, my friend

    sending warm love,
    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  4. you are so cute:). i also love the new blog decor- so fresh and fun;).

    happy february!!

    xoxo,

    blair

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  5. Yes, childhood memories of Valentine's Day are quite fun to think about- making a Valentine's day box was a way of allowing my creative spirit to soar!! I love the vintage photographs from Tasha Tudor----just lovely!! What a lovely post as well!

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  6. Today the ice is covering Long Island and much of the north east and middle America. I am trying to think of Spring, and the ground hog did not see his shadow, so maybe an early Spring is assured! Hopefully the shrubs will bounce back from the weight of the snow and ice that this winter's weather has deposited upon us all.

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  7. Oh, Erin, that was a sweet post. I loved the Tasha Tudor illustrations. Nice new header, too! Susan

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  8. Yes, what a great way to put this holiday! Well stated Erin! Make sure you make a nice fabric flower for yourself ;) Let me know how it turns out, okay? Love your blog. It has such a cozy feel :) I am so wishing it looked like the pic. of the Cape over on the right! Today it rained in Boston! Good Grief! ;)Alyssa

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  9. Oh my gosh, Erin! I am presently working on a book report and in it I write about exactly what you are talking about - the idea of all kinds of love. I'll offer a link to this post when I finally publish it. Wow.

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  10. So sweet, Erin. I just love this post. Love has so many forms....I just adore the Tasha Tudor drawings. Thank you so much for sharing them.
    Wishing you love all around on the Valentine's Day!
    Special love to the kitties and your Mom, too!

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  11. Love the new header! Did you know that Joan Walsh Anglund lives on Nantucket in the summer? My Son went to high school with her grandson and I got to meet her and now we are friends. :) She was one of my mentors as a child. And I wish I could have met Tasha Tudor. I love her gardens! Thanks Erin!

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  12. Loved your post...all things dear to my heart!

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  13. I love this post, it's so happy! I love the images from Tasha Tudor, who doesn't love her! It's important to love the important people in your life! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

    Mary

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  14. I do love the artwork of Tasha Tudor. You are right. Valentine's Day is about all the people you love not just your significant other.

    Have a great one!

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  15. Another terrific post. Loved seeing Joan Walsh Anglund in your header--brought back so many memories.

    Valentine's Day is about keeping your heart open to all.

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  16. I found these Joan Walsh Anglund Valentine cutouts online. They are free: http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/dolls/pd_scans/anglund/index.html

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  17. I love your blog/site/home. I, too, love Valentine's Day. I remember the crepe paper covered box in which we all, in class, would put our Valentine cards to each classmate. I wish that I have saved these. But I have other things from my childhood that evolve such vivid memories for me....like my Ken doll with only one arm. I know that statement really dates me. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. I, too, live in New England..Connecticut. I will be making your recipe for snow candy with our next snowfall.

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  18. hi erin....thanks for the happy birthday wishes for my sweet Teddy...i just adore this little guy...

    sending love,
    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  19. What a sweet post for Valentine's Day -- Love it!
    (And boy, do I hear you about the "unrequited loves" part! LOL!)
    Best,
    Gloria
    P.S. Please stop by my blog to enter my CSN Give-away, if you'd like!

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  20. stopping by to wish you a happy valentines day
    ( it's not my favorite, either ....never has been )

    sending love,
    kary and teddy
    xxx

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