What’s in Your Heart?

I have an aversion to Valentine’s Day. I’m not wise enough to be able to say why, exactly. I don’t like heart shaped jewelry or heart shaped anything for that matter, and candy is not good for a person’s glucose index. I’m a little sensitive to that last one, having lost someone to diabetes. Most of today’s Valentine’s Day is solely based on commercialism, and makes a big deal of a philosophy that should be enacted every single day of our lives. Maybe I’m just a bah hum-bug. I will admit, I saw a lot of postings of flowers given and received. Now that I like – all year round!
I do see the value of the big DAY for elementary teachers. Art projects and colorful decorations in the middle of winter are a big plus in any classroom. The party gives the kids something to look forward to. The kids get to go crazy for a day, and that is a good stress reliever. The teachers are already crazy this time of year, so a break for them is a good thing too. Getting lots of cards feels good.
I was more of a May Day celebrant as a child. I cut lilacs, glued together paper baskets, and then ran around the neighborhood putting them in front of everyone’s door, ringing the bell, and running to hide. It was simple and fun for me, a treat for the receiver, especially the elderly. Doing that helped me learn it’s not the amount of money spent, but rather the attention paid, the caring for someone that counts.
I went to the farm recently, and once again the place had a new and different feel for me. It makes me wonder if my new place in Fort Collins hasn’t finally become home. I don’t know. It’s very hard to put to words. The trip was a wonderful opportunity to introduce my granddaughter to baby calves. That part I loved. Despite everything, the world keeps on turning.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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