Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The entropy of St Valentine

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?


KarenG said...

Hi! I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge, and am thrilled to find a post about one of my favorite words-- entropy. Awesome!


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ron - great seeing Karen here .. everything's over commercialised and loses its reason - other than cash.

Giving from the heart, thinking up something special, creating something different ... or taking a different unique approach - a path they would enjoy ..

I hope you and the family had fun - that's so important .. cheers to you all .. Hilary

Anonymous said...

what car did you ever keep clean :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

So very true. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. It really bothers me what's become of holidays. Maybe it was always like this, but I grew up in poverty, so holidays were different. I'm trying to change how we do holidays here with my kids, put a different spin on them. I'm so tired of being expected to exchange gifts with people. I'd rather do something special or purchase something when it makes me think of a certain person, at any time of the year.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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