Valentines’ Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Back to School shopping, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Black Friday, Boxing Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, Groundhog’s Day…how do all these special events get hijacked by retailers? Okay, Groundhog’s Day’s still pretty much unaffiliated, but the rest?
I know giving gifts is one way to show love. I know buying gifts is one way to come up with something to give. I wonder if we haven’t moved beyond desire to give to necessity to give and when that happens in any area of our life, how does it usually look? Think about you in Grade 7. Think about some of your Sunday mornings at your place of worship (or Saturday or Monday or whenever you gather). Think about that relationship you took for granted. Think about your car you used to keep so clean.
Entropy. It all falls apart.
Don’t let the marketing of “Love” ruin love for you. Take it back whatever way you need to, whether in your own mind or in the way you celebrate these days. And remind your kids. Remember what it felt like Christmas morning? Today’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Who’s going to give flowers today?