I remember being in primary school and sulking to my mom because I didn't have a Valentine. My mom chuckled and shook her head before giving me a kiss on the forehead. I didn't even know or understand the concept of Valentine's Day, but I knew that all the girls in my class were talking about all these boys that had promised them flowers, cards and chocolates.
When Valentine's Day came, I had already forgotten about my little rant to my mother and was more excited about the bright pink Knickerbocker trousers I'd be sporting for civvies day. My mother, on the other hand, had not forgotten.
When I came home from school that day, I had a bright purple box of chocolates on my bed with a small card that read "Be my Valentine, love, mom." While my mother makes fun of that rant years later, I never forgot that beautiful gesture. I've never had a Valentine's gift since that one, but I think even when I eventually do, that will be the best one ever.
I have had crushes and uncrushed on so many boys in the past, but the one love that has stayed constant in my life is my family. That is why this year, I urge all families to celebrate Valentine's Day together. So if your child is dreading going to school and seeing their peers receiving gifts from secret admirers, assure them that the day will still be special because they do have a Valentine - family. I know they'll think it's lame, but one day they will understand how special that really is.
A twitter user shared her story about how she dreaded Valentine's Day when she was in high school and how her father came to the rescue.