valentine's day has always been more than a "couples day" for me. hold on for a mild rant...
valentine's day is a day for celebrating love, whether it be the love for your significant other, a group of friends, or family. "single awareness day" is, in my mind, a title made up for people who aren't comfortable with their current relationship status. if you are single on valentine's, be proud! go grab a few friends and go to dinner, or have a movie marathon with your family. love can be shared in many ways and with many people. (no hippie intentions here. ha!)
it's been a slocum family tradition to have homemade fondue with the 5 of us for as long as i can remember. we all get together and have cheese and chocolate fondue and talk and bond as a family. it's probably my favorite thing. and because of this, we have never seen valentine's as a couple's day.
it's just a love day!
before we met up with my family, joe and i got a couple's massage. and, they are not as weird as you would think! since joe and i are both musicians that use our upper body, shoulders, arms, and hands strenuously on a daily basis, it was much overdue. then we went to lunch and exchanged valentine gifts. i painted joe a "gatsby" inspired piece of art to hang in his room. he got me swarovski crystal ball stud earrings. *hearts in my eyes*. we went in a swarovski store the other day and he was apparently taking mental notes. good man.
my mom's chocolate fondue was out of this world this year! bananas, strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, pound cake, and cream puffs. holy! it was also joe's first fondue and i think he loves it just as much as we do now.
i love my family and friends and joe. i'm happy that my valentine's day incorporated all of these people. i hope your day was full of love, whoever it was with! like a good friend of mine said "i love love! don't let the valentine's haters get you down. we need more love in this world!"