February is here and I feel the need to share a little love. This is not like me because I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day, or any time where love is measured in a public fashion. This is a childhood scar – not from my parents – but from high school. All the popular girls received flowers on Valentine’s Day through some convoluted fundraiser. I received none, of course.
This was in the days before parents could send their kids flowers or candy to make sure their kid wouldn’t suffer social humiliation at school.
It made me a stronger person today. Really.
Anyway, there’s not a lot of love in the air these days. My phone bings with alerts on the political front. I shy away from booting up my computer because, inevitably, I am drawn to Facebook, where the vitriol can barely be confined to the screen. It feels like it is leaping through time and space and invading my personal solace.
My entire working life, and what supported my family, is in support of the First Amendment. But it doesn’t mean I have to share, or like, what is said. I could just not launch Facebook, but then I would miss cute baby pictures, dogs dancing in snow posts, or even news that someone’s loved on has passed on. I would miss the milestones of your life. I would miss your warm vacation pictures (please keep posting). I would miss your family.
So I keep reading. Because there is much love around. And I find apps and extensions that block certain words or posts I don’t want to see. They aren’t perfect, but they do the trick for now.
Another solution is to take a walk in nature. I’ve been taking a lot of walks. Asbury Woods, now that the snow has covered the mud, is among my favorites. It’s an ideal walk to meditate, collect, and continue.
So I’m here to share a little love today with a simple heart cookie made from meringue.