On his way out the door to school my five year old looked up at me with his beautiful big eyes and said,
- It really is Daddy, itís after Sunday it isÖ I know it isÖ itís the loving day.
- The what? I said.
- It really is, he said again, itís the loving day.
I was perplexed and bent down to try and understand. My daughter chirped in to help out.
- Dad, she said, he means Valentineís day!
I smiled and gave him a big hug as he ran out the door.
What a great expression. Today is the loving day.
We donít know anything about Saint Valentine, whom this day used to honour. And the day itself has been completely commercialized.
What a great idea. Letís make today the ďloving dayĒ and go the extra mile to express gratitude in a simple but direct way to someone we care about. Or ask someone for forgiveness (always the hard part of love!). Or make a random act of kindness.
Let us measure ourselves today, not by what we do or what we own, or by our failure or sorrow. Letís measure ourselves today by our best effort to be guided by love and compassion in all that we do and say.
Itís loving day!