If you ask my husband, I tell my dog how much I love her way more than anyone else. At least 400 times a day, he thinks. He might be right -- she is rather soft and warm and fuzzy and magnificent.
But I also tell each of my kids that I love them before they go to school every day. And when my husband goes to work. And every night, if I can stay awake longer than he does, I say, "Goodnight, sweetie. Love you."
I also talk to my mom on the phone nearly every day and end every conversation by telling her I love her.
But I also frequently talk about how much I love fresh coffee, sunshine and any number of songs that make my feet start dancing. I also will say I love to dance. And the friends that agree to dance with me. Also, chicken wings.
Mid-February is a time apparently designated for love. While not my favorite holiday, it's a nice break from the dreary skies and alternating mud and snow that become our daily reality.
Valentine's Day, named after St. Valentine, has an odd and questionable past that has somehow evolved into a day when young people feel a chance to express their love and parents of young children are forced to purchase or make practically hundreds of tiny notes to ship off to elementary school that really have nothing to do with St. Valentine or any sort of love. We find heart-shaped things everywhere, which look nothing like an actual heart, and eat tiny chalk-like candies in the same shape that contain elusive messages of the day: U Rock. Luv Ya. Txt Me. QT Pie. Be Happy. Hugs. Tweet Me. U R Hot. B Tru 2 U. Laugh. Kiss Me. True Love.
I have to admit, I love these candies.
I love the way they taste, believe it or not, and even at my age I can't help but read the weird messages they give someone before being popped in a mouth and chewed.
If I could, I would give them out to all of the people (and things) I love. To my kids, I would of course tell them, Luv Ya and Txt Me because I want them to know I'm always there for them. To my husband, True Love and Kiss Me because that's who we are. To my dog, QT Pie and Hugs because well, she's cute and fuzzy. To my friends, Laugh and U Rock because all of these cool people in my life deserve good days and to know how great they are.
The rest of the oddball messages I suppose I just get to eat.
Be Happy might go well with chicken wings.