Valentine’s Day – you either love it or you hate it. Years ago as a uni student my boyfriend (now husband) had a job for a few years on Valentine’s Day delivering for a group of local florists. Not surprisingly it’s a florist’s busiest day of the year and they need all the help they can get to keep up. I worked with him as his navigator and runner and the area we were allocated covered a huge industrial estate full of small to medium sized factories and warehouses (navigating was tricky!).
The target of our deliveries were mostly the receptionists and other admin staff (the occasional shop floor mega embarrassed in front of his mates guy), but mostly young women receiving flowers and chocolates and stuffed teddy bears from boyfriends and sometimes secret admirers.
Reactions were priceless – from embarrassed and shy to positively gloating. Regardless each one of these women were touched deeply by the gesture and I’m sure still recall some 30 years later that Valentine’s Day the stuffed teddy bear turned up at work!
So Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity for the grand gestures – the big stuff that makes memories. But this, while nice every now and again, is not what keeps a relationship going day after day, year after year. We know from the research that it is small things often – kind words, soft touch, loving smiles…in fact if there is an absence of small things going on daily the grand gestures don’t have so much of an impact.
Every day is an opportunity for small things that show your love...
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