61. An Open Letter to Valentine’s Day from a Perpetually Single Female

61. An Open Letter to Valentine’s Day from a Perpetually Single Female

Dear Valentine’s Day,

We don’t know each other well – strike that – we don’t know each other at all. Aside from the few brief times in elementary school we were forced to converge for the sake of the class, I’ve been nothing more than a bystander to you for 32 years. I watched everyone else partake in your love-induced debauchery while I stood alone all that time. In case you missed the memo, I’ve been single since day one and have had no chance to celebrate you properly (read more about that here). You heighten my awareness of that annually on February 14th. I question my value when you come to town because it seems like time after time I fail to prove that I am worthy of your presence. I know I’m not alone. Read more

24. If I told you I loved you…

24. If I told you I loved you…

How amazing that three small words hold such great power.  I love you.  They can alter endings.  They can rewrite (your) history.  They can brighten your day.  But they are powerful words that I fear we overuse.

I love you, not to be confused with I’m in love with you, flies out of our mouths like bats from a cave.  Replace “you” with another noun or verb and you have even more reasons to run scared.  I plead guilty to it myself.  I’ll say “I love pizza” or “I love Colorado”, but love is not the proper emotion to describe our feelings for a place or thing.  Will I stop saying that?  Probably not.  But I am more conscious of what I say now that I’m mature enough to grasp the true emotion behind the word “love”. Read more