From Your Daddy In Heaven: A Love Letter on Valentine's Day

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Introduction Valentine's Day is not just a holiday, but a special day filled with love, memories, and cherished moments. While some people may argue that it has become too commercialized, for me, Valentine's Day holds...

Introduction

Valentine's Day is not just a holiday, but a special day filled with love, memories, and cherished moments. While some people may argue that it has become too commercialized, for me, Valentine's Day holds a deep significance. It's a day to celebrate love in all its forms and to remember the ones who have touched our lives, even from beyond the veil. Today, I want to share a heartfelt story about the profound impact this day has had on my life.

The Meaning Behind the Day

Valentine's Day has always held a special place in my heart. Just like Christmas, Easter, and other holidays, it has its own unique charm. Each holiday brings with it a distinct atmosphere and spirit, and Valentine's Day is no exception. It is a day characterized by love, beauty, and delectable chocolates. But for me, there is more to it than just the superficial aspects.

Creating Our Own Meaning

Although my family is not religious, we have a spiritual outlook on life. My ten-year-old daughter, Scarlet, has her own way of perceiving the world. While she may not believe in God in the traditional sense, she has a deep faith in the power of humans to make a difference. She believes in fairies, tooth fairies, garden fairies, and even Valentine fairies. And she knows that on Valentine's Day, I am the one who gives her gifts.

Scarlet's perspective may surprise some, but it is a reflection of her youthful innocence and her ability to question the world around her. She understands that the concept of God is complex, and she has her own reasons for believing or not believing. As her parent, I have always encouraged her to form her own opinions and explore her spirituality.

The Reason Behind My Love for Valentine's Day

My love for Valentine's Day stems from a bittersweet experience, one that shaped the way I perceive this holiday. Many years ago, my father passed away unexpectedly, just three weeks before my fourth birthday. Little did I know that his love for me would continue to touch my life, even after he was gone.

The Valentine's Day following his passing was a turning point. I was four years old, and my sister, Lindsay, was six. My mom received a call from Child World, informing her that two Cabbage Patch dolls my father had ordered were finally ready for pick-up. It was a moment filled with mixed emotions - joy for the dolls and the love they symbolized, but also sadness for the loss we felt so keenly.

My mom, who was also the room mother for Lindsay's classroom, had planned a Valentine's Day game. But Lindsay fell ill and had to miss the party. On that fateful Valentine's Day, we stayed home, and my mom gave us valentine gifts. I remember receiving fuzzy red monkeys with arms that could be clipped onto things. Alongside those gifts, there were the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, adorned with cards that read, "Happy Valentine's Day, from your daddy in heaven." It felt like a cosmic reminder of the love that transcended time and space.

The Continuing Tradition

As I recount this story, I realize that my children, though aware of my enthusiasm for Valentine's Day, may not fully grasp the depth of its significance. And that's okay. Someday, they will come to understand the profound impact that love can have, even in the face of loss.

On this Valentine's Day, I am reminded of the incredible role my dad played in my life and the love he continues to inspire. I am grateful for the memories we shared and the legacy of love that he left behind.

From Your Daddy In Heaven Caption: A reminder of the love that transcends time and space.

A Note of Gratitude

In closing, I want to extend my heartfelt wishes to all on this Valentine's Day. May it be a day filled with love, joy, and, of course, lots of chocolate! Let us cherish the memories and embrace the love that surrounds us, even from those who have passed on. And may we, like my daughter Scarlet, continue to explore our own beliefs and find beauty in the world around us.

From Your Daddy In Heaven Caption: Celebrating the love of great dads on Valentine's Day.

This article is written in response to Finish The Sentence Friday (FTSF) prompt on "Favorite (or worst) Valentine's Days.."

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