Tomorrow is Valentines Day, the one day many people take to celebrate love. For me the holiday has almost became too much. I have a major issue with the way holidays are peddled in the United States. We are bombard by displays in stores, and TV advertisements for jewelry. The day has become an excuse to sell stuff. yet at the heart of it, I think there is still some good. There are plenty of people who still use small meaningful gestures to express the holiday. It got me thinking about our new lifestyle. What does minimalist Valentines Day look like?
Thus year is our first Valentines day as a married couple. The day is a big milestone for us. It gives us a chance to look back on the wedding, and our relationship. We have come so far, and there are many exciting days ahead for us. I’m so thankful that I have someone to share all of my adventures with. We plan on taking it pretty easy tomorrow. We may go out for food, and we will spend some time enjoying each others company. Last weekend we went to Wilson Farm in Lexington, Massachusetts. My husband, Ed got me a beautiful bunch of flowers.
It was the perfect gift. Flowers are a meaningful symbol in my life. I love the way the Lupines, come out and welcome warm days in the mountains. They are followed by the Black-eyed Susans and Queen Anne’s Lace. In 2017 we said goodbye to our Boxer Birdie in a field of Flowers in Sugar Hill. The year after my Mother passed away, her Lilac Bush that never bloomed burst out with dozens of colorful, fragrant flowers. At our wedding our first dance song was a cover of Wildflowers, by the Wailin Jennys and My bouquets had wildflowers. Flowers remind me of good times, and important time, both good and bad. We have had a cold dreary winter, and the flowers remind me of warmer weather. They are the perfect addition to the house.
I know so many people, who would expect so much more. A simple bouquet would be an insult. much. Often people get wrapped in these holidays. They feel obligated to show how much they care through things. We have been taught that the size of the price tag should match up with how much we care. For me, its more than that. The spirit of the gift is what means the most. Minimalism is perfect for me, because gestures mean more than things. My husband does not need to buy chocolates or gifts to prove his love, he has done that through his actions. All I wanted was a small reminder of the love that we share, and he gave me that. The simple gesture of love, will carry me through the rest of the cold February days. For me that is the perfect minimalist Valentines Day.
Excuse me, while I go enjoy my flowers, and think of Spring.
Till next time!
Cover Photo by Barnes Photography!