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"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

getting in the mood February 11, 2009

Filed under: Life,Music,Personal,Video — Lulu @ 4:10 pm

I’m not really a Valentine-y person. I mean, I like the IDEA of Valentine’s Day – you know, a whole entire holiday dedicated to the celebration of love and all that – and I like the decor and colors (pink rules!) of V-Day. But I don’t like the commercialization of it. That pressure placed on people to make it such a perfect and special and unforgettable day… that you have to try and top again the following year. THAT, is just ridiculous.

To me a great Valentine’s Day is not about a $500 meal at the finest restaurant, a 7-lb box of Godiva chocolates, or a bouquet of flowers so expensive that you need to take out a second mortgage to pay it off. It’s simply about spending time with the ones you love and care about. Not just your spouse, significant other, etc. But also your parents, your siblings, your dear friends. Everyone that is important to you. That’s why I love the grade school tradition of giving Valentines to all the kids in the classroom. Because everyone should feel special and loved on at least this one day.

I wanted to make cute Valentines to send to all my friends and family. A little happy mail, if you will. But, just as I predicted last month, my crafty mojo “done up ‘n went”! It’s kind of like my creativity and craftiness has finally taken off on an extended Caribbean holiday, where I expect it is laying by the pool, getting a tan, sipping on fruity tropical drinks with exotic names and paper umbrellas, and flirting with a cute cabana boy named Rodrigo.

*sigh*

Oh, well… In that case, I leave you with the next best thing. This lovely, sweet, new song by the Plain White T’s. Fanless dedicated it to me, (and yes – I did get all choked up. I’m a girl; I do those things. Isn’t the weirdest feeling in the world when you have tears in your eyes, but also the biggest smile on your face??) and now I want to dedicate it to you, the ones I love. You know who you are. 😉 Trust me. Watch this. It will make your heart smile.

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