Spread The Love This Valentine's Day

Vanessa Collins Health Guide
  • Valentine's day is traditionally for lovers, but this year I want to spread the love. My husband will get special attention this year, as he does every year, but I think I have enough love to expand the scope of this upcoming celebration of caring for others.


    A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the privilege of visiting an elderly lady in our community who had fallen and was in the hospital. This frail little woman will be in the hospital for weeks and then on to a nursing home for rehabilitation. She fell and broke her pelvis while going out to dinner with a friend. Miss L is frail, but she loves to get out for dinner and just loves living life.

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    Our friend, Miss L, does not have a husband or children. She does not have any family members who live nearby. She does have friends from our church community, and now she has us.


    My intentions are to buy a nice Valentine's card and some of those deliciously sinful iced sugar cookies for Miss L. This is just a small gift. The best part of the gift will be the time we spend visiting with her when we take her card and cookies to her in the hospital.


    I am somewhat inspired and looking forward to celebrating Valentine's Day differently this year. There are several elderly people I know in the community who will probably not receive any Valentine's greetings or “special” treatment.


    I am on a mission to find those who are alone and/or residing in nursing homes, and send them a Valentine's Day card. Perhaps my husband and I can find time to pay them a short visit, too. I think it would be good for them. It wouldn't be bad for us, either.


    I have been a bit sad about the self-absorbed and down right rude public behavior I have witnessed this winter. I know people are having a tough time of it financially. There are a lot of people out of work. That kind of stress can either bring out the best or the worst in us.


    Instead of complaining and worrying about what I have seen, I want to do something positive. I am going out of my way to be kind, caring and considerate to everyone, even strangers.


    Could kindness be contagious? I certainly hope so! What do you do on Valentine's Day? Have you ever considered spreading the love?

Published On: February 02, 2012