I’d written and scheduled this post before the news came out about the shooting in the Florida high school. Please take a moment and pray for all those who’ve been affected by this tragedy. I’ll write more on this subject later.
This may surprise you since I’m a romance author, and I confess I love me a good Hallmark movie, but I really don’t like Valentine’s Day.
However last Friday night I had a great time at the Haltom City Public Library “A Night of Romance.” It was every bit as much fun as past years.
Allison Long and her staff do a super job organizing and planning a fun time for all the folks who come.
There’s a Bingo game where the readers ask authors for the answers. There is chocolate flowing from a fountain. I sampled, and it was yummy! 😊
The readers and authors all got roses. Mine still looks super!
Readers won all kinds of cool things including baskets the authors had made. Kiersten Dean won mine, which included a personal bottle of champagne, a wine glass, a Hershey bar, two of my books, one of my turquoise pens, a cup with chocolate flavored coffee beans, and a vanilla scented candle.
Got to meet up with a fan who I’ve bet through the Haltom City Public Library. And that’s really fun. Always good to see you, Belinda Capps.
Several authors read from our books. Several people told me they enjoyed my reading the most. 🙂 Made me feel really good. I read from ACT OF TRUST, Book 2 in the Second Chances Series. Next year, however, I’ll have to find another selection to read, since we have so many repeat readers attending, and I read this selection last year.
Back to why I don’t care for Valentine’s Day.
There’s this drive to have a date and for that date to be spectacular. The perfect place for dinner, the perfect meal, the perfect wine, and of course, the perfect gift!
Well, nothing is perfect and when we put unrealistic expectations on an event, we almost guarantee disappointment.
This holiday even affects kids. There’s the issue of everyone getting a valentine card so we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Most teachers today will tell students that if they bring one Valentine, they must bring something for everyone. That was not always the case. One year, I entered a new school right before Valentine’s day. No one thought to make sure I got a Valentine. I was in 6th grade, old enough it shouldn’t have bothered me, but the pain is still with me.
Besides, why do we need a special day to tell someone we love them? If we really love them, shouldn’t we do that every day?
So, what about you? Do you have a favorite chocolate or flower? Did you celebrate in a big way? Have you been watching all the Hallmark movies? As it turns out this year, Valentine’s Day fell on Ash Wednesday, so many people probably went to church, putting a potential crimp in restaurant sales. Love to hear from you.
PS—Since writing this, I picked up my youngest granddaughter from school and took her to dance. During the drive, she told me what she was doing for her mother and dad. Then she asked what I was doing for Granddad. Well, frankly I hadn’t given it any thought. So, when I went to the store I picked up a sweet card and a giant Chocolate Kiss. Maybe it’s time I get over my 6th grade hurt. 😊 He had an equally sweet card for me.