From The Park With Love
Hello and welcome to the month I can never spell correctly!
This month always reminds me of Valentine’s Day and all that it emulates: love, flowers, candy and THON. I’m going to save the latter for my next column, but I would love to discuss LOVE today.
Here at The Park, the seven business days prior to V-Day (and a couple days after... you slackers, you) are hands-down the busiest time of the year for me.
I’ll bet that I’m busier here than most post offices are around the holidays. It make sense since there are thousands of people here who have loved ones scattered all over the country and the world. (Friendly postal tip: Some Valentine’s Day cards a shaped differently and require more postage than the standard 44-cent stamps. And you know whoever the recipient is, they’re worth it!)
OK, back to love. Love can mean many different things to every individual, and that is probably why it is the most intriguing emotion. Undefined, sometimes unexplainable and always exciting.
Although the song goes "...it’s only rock and roll to me..." after singing that over and over again while developing this piece, I became curious and decided to research Billboard's Top 40 Hits from the '50s through today to see how many top songs have the word ‘love’ in their titles. There were more than 200. That’s astounding to me.
Simply explained, I would guess that it is because no other word commands as much respect. To me, love is not only the most powerful word in any language, but it is also the best thing ever (and much more positive than the alternative).
I have a fun little story about flowers on Valentine’s day. It was 1977, B.C. (before children). A good friend of mine worked for a florist here in Happy Valley, and on Valentine’s day the florist he worked for needed extra help delivering. All day, my lovely bride and I helped deliver bouquets.
We had such a great time and discovered what an sincere impact a simple bouquet of flowers had on the people receiving them. Flowers are a fun-loving way to express so many different kinds of love, respect, adoration and/or friendship.
If you receive a bouquet this year, please do not do the "they love me, they love me not" thing with the petals. The answer is if you got flowers, they love you!
Now if you get candy... (I think this holiday is neck-in-neck with Halloween for highest sales quarter. Sweets for your sweet) brush your teeth... and enjoy the chocolate ones for me!
I still favor homemade cookies, which brings me to my final thought regarding this "holiday." Anything homemade, any thoughtful, creative or kind word given to you is what I feel love's true secret -- the acknowledgement of appreciation.
Since I was already researching the song titles that include the word love in their titles... here’s a few other fun facts that I found:
- The average person falls in love seven times before he or she gets married!
- Two out of five marry their first love (Hi Katie! Happy early Valentine’s Day!) Our daughters have informed us that dating may be a little different now, and they’re on the "seven" statistic track!
- Lastly, it has been documented that husbands who kiss their wives before leaving for work in the morning live five years longer than those who don’t. So smooch away!
I hope that this Valentine’s day, you have someone to share love, flowers, candy and gratitude with. Because there are so many loves -- your spouse, your children, your siblings, your pets, your friends, your job or maybe even your favorite song -- please enjoy your day, smell the roses, smooch away and sing loudly to those classic love songs!