“When you make loving others the story of your life, there’s never a final chapter, because the legacy continues. You lend your light to one person, and he or she shines it on another and another and another.” ~Oprah Winfrey
Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is the day when many of us acknowledge that very special someone or significant other in our life. But as is evident by the various greeting cards and gifts we exchange with our nearest and dearest of all ages and relations, Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. So, along with this public Happy Valentine’s Day wish to all of my family and friends, I send a Valentine greeting for the special men who are presently – or have previously – been in my life.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my boo who has dispelled the negativity often said about men. For over a decade you have been my lover and constant companion. It’s those little things that you do that mean so much and the countless occasions when you proved that you are there for me. Remember the time when I was on crutches? You made sure that I had everything I needed before you went off to work. You prepared the meals, did the laundry and took care of all of the things that I normally would have done myself. Not only are you better than I at remembering birthdays and special occasions, but you know how to tug at my heartstrings when you surprise me with thoughtful “just because” gifts of flowers and other things.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my dad. I miss you so much. Before God called you home, five years ago, we had a special bond. Along with mom you ensured that ours remained a nuclear family. For you, dad, I paraphrase a verse from a poem by James Kisner, “To others you were a simple man, ‘cause fame you never had, but you were the greatest man to me, because you were my dad.”
Happy Valentine’s Day to my son of whom I am so proud, because you grew up to be more than the man that I could have imagined you’d be. Had you been born two days later you would have been a Valentine’s Day baby, but you are my valentine every day. Not only are you a special son, you are a devoted husband and an exceptional father to your own son, who I hope will grow up to have all of the ambition, the wisdom and other attributes of his dad.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my brothers. What can I say besides I love you?
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my grandsons. Hugs and kisses to you fine young men whom I love so much.
Finally, Happy Valentine’s Day to my first love. When we met we were a few short years beyond being childhood sweethearts but we grew older together. For over 30 years, whether we were sharing good times together or living our separate lives our friendship never waned. We were always each other’s best friend and confidant, and when you departed this world ten years ago, you left me with a heavy heart, but it glows for you each February 14th. Happy Valentine’s Day L.A.B! You were among those who women call “the one-in-a-million” men. Gone, but not forgotten.
And to all my readers. If you don’t have a special someone, then be your own valentine.