I once read somewhere that love is not only a feeling, it must also be an action. If you love someone, you must act with love, make it demonstrable–tangible.
In my world, this does not mean jewelry, fancy dinners, or ritual sacrifice to some serpent-headed god of the underworld–it’s the little things. Picking you up when it’s cold outside, giving you a shoulder rub because you’ve started to develop the hunched-over-the-computer neck-hump, and leaving you little notes describing, in detail, the extent of their love.
So let’s do that last one.
For this exercise, I suggest for each of the fourteen days leading up to Valentine’s Day, to write a note to your special person (or cat, that is legit.) and leave it somewhere they will find it. Though maybe not their pants, because they might just wash those. Sometime. I hope. Good places: taped to their coffee cup, tucked in their wallet, under their glasses on the nightstand, in with their lunch, etc.
This is the time to say what you really feel. Some examples I’ve come up with:
I’ve grown tolerant of your face.
You are very special. Like a duck-billed-platypus.
As you can see, you just need to tap into your own warm and fuzzy heart and the words will come. Let your love shine.
Any paper and envelope will do, but for my set, I’ve gotten a little crafty and, since they don’t need to be mailed, tiny. What you will need:
- 2 sheets ivory card stock cut into business card size (the yield is 9 per 8.5×11″ sheet, so it gives you wiggle room if you mess up).
- 14 baby envelopes. I’ve chosen Ivory, Paper Bag and Fuchsia.
- An assortment of Washi tape to decorate. (here I worked with pink stripe, red stripe, red dot on white, grey dot on white, white dot on navy, gold alphabet on white, black alphabet on white, and coral… because I have all of these lying around.)
- A heart-punch for the envelopes, to show a bit of the love (in this case, the Washi-tape decoration) through.
Because I hate waste, and I think these notes are too pretty and full of love and effort to just throw out I suggest you punch small holes into the cards and hang them from some twine–make your own garland full of affection and hang it somewhere just for the two of you. (Don’t rub it in.)
Save the punched-envelopes to be filled again next year with new notes, make this a sweet little tradition!