Thoughts on love, homilies and more
By Jim Schuh
My hope is that St. Valentine’s Day that passed this week brought a little extra love and joy into your life.
An expression of love from someone close is all that many of us need when Feb. 14 rolls around. It’s quite satisfying to hear the words, “I love you,” and we really don’t need much else. But most of us feel it’s necessary to add a little something else to our expressions of love, such as a greeting card and maybe flowers or candy or a nice dinner at a favorite restaurant.
Looking back, my first recollection of expressions of love were toward my mother. The gifts I got for her were things for the kitchen. It’s what we all did, as we youngsters associated motherhood with cooking, because that’s what she so often did for us. But in the intervening years, I learned that kitchenware is generally inappropriate for a loved one and that the gift should be something personal.
But even today, when our society eschews stereotypes, when a very young child gives mom a kitchen item as a Valentine, the recipient returns the child’s love with smiles, hugs and kisses with motherly understanding.
As we achieve old age, we usually don’t need much in the way of gifts, and some of us ask potential gift-givers not to give us anything, or at least to make it consumable if they insist on giving us a gift. My wife and I haven’t exchanged St. Valentine’s Day gifts for some years because we just don’t need anything. (We’re actually trying to get rid of some of the stuff we’ve accumulated.) Generally, we opt for a nice meal somewhere, but not on Feb. 14 when we find restaurants too crowded for our liking. We’re both to the point where a fancy greeting card with the proper prose and verses is satisfactory. We add a nice hug and kiss.
I’m not sure how some younger generations express their love for each other, since sales of greeting cards are in decline. Perhaps today’s methods of communicating love take the form of text, email or Twitter. But gifts and dinner out still are popular.
For this past St. Valentine’s Day, I was amazed to read that the Americans spent almost $20 billion dollars on gifts for loved ones. The analysts report that was an average of $143.56 per person for things like flowers, candy and jewelry. That number also was an average of seven dollars more than last year.
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