Wednesday, February 16, 2011

cupid had a point.

i hope this all finds you recovering from your candy heart comas after such a wonderful (right?!) monday!

since the whole valentine's day seems to be somewhat played out and usually conjures up feelings of a)puppies, posies and fairy tale romances or b) bitter, angry resentment towards innocent (?) greeting card companies and seemingly happy couples, i'm going to steer clear from the subject. mostly.

we've all heard how we need to treat everyone like it's valentine's day each day. the argument of 'why should you just show someone you love them on only one day out of the year.. that is ridiculous!' is replayed over and over as an attack on the day cupid became famous. however, what would that look like? no, not cupid traipsing around the city everyday, but actually looking at each day as an opportunity to show little signs of love.

each of us have different things that pull at our heart strings. what is it that tugs on yours? and to further that question, what are you (or could you be) doing about it?

i'm not asking for 7 hours a week at a local animal shelter (which would be awesome) or thousands of dollars a year to a specific organization (also awesome) but something that can be done in the here and now. for me, i like to have little goodie bags in my back seat.

i usually carry anywhere between 5 and 10 with me for those moments where i'm stuck at a light and someone is holding up a clever sign asking for some sort of help. i rarely have cash on me so the goodie bags were an easy and practical solution for me. i keep them relatively simple and generic and, from my experience, they are usually pretty well received. (i did have one incident where applesauce was seen to be not-the-equivalent to the desired pack of cigarettes in which i was actually splattered with the apple sauce as it was flying past my face, but that was in LA and people are crazy. don't let that deter you, ha)

what's in the bags you ask?
-granola bars (i use those natures valley ones because i feel like they taste better longer, plus you get two per package. bonus!)
-peanut butter or cheese cracker pack
-applesauce (although i am a little skittish these days)
-whole wheat pop-tarts. whole grains are healthy for everyone. shell out a couple more cents for the whole grain goodness
- a little note saying something along the lines of 'you are loved' or 'love and be love' which may or may not be used as a napkin. i choose to believe the message is received through osmosis when that is the case
- trail mix packs
(all packaged in a ziplock baggie. not the most eco-friendly, but i figure they can reuse it easier than a paper lunch sack)

basically i pick things that i like and have a pretty long shelf life. now, this is just one tiny example of showing love in simple, everyday ways.

what are some things that you all do? do you have the opportunity to volunteer at a local organization? if so, which ones? i would love to link them on the blog so do tell! do you have date nights with your friends and their kiddos? maybe you offer to watch the chillins one night so the couple can have a dinner without spaghetti being launched through the air. do you tutor after school?

if you aren't currently doing anything, that's okay too. let me know ways that you experience love throughout the day-to-day. i would love to hear about them.

so see, not too much lovee dovee valentines none-sense, right?

i look forward to the days you walk into the shop and we can talk about all of this over a cuppa coffee. until then, love and be love!


  1. I love this idea & am stealing it. Wait...we rarely have ppl in our little town holding a sign & when we have (twice) seen it we take them to dinner. Hum...rethinking...when I live in or visit a city, I'm stealing this. I love you, m.

  2. Very well written and looking very much to walking into your shop soon...

  3. !! I love the goodie bag idea! So many of my friends scoff at me when I give beggars the change I have (which isn't often because I usually don't carry cash either) but this is a GREAT idea. I'm going to copy it.

  4. The goodie bag idea is great.

    Hmmm... So many things. I do Big Brothers Big Sisters and have for about four years now. Nothing like investing in children by spending time with them!