Today is Valentines Day, which, to be honest, doens't really mean a whole lot. It is, however, a day in which our society chooses to celebrate love and I love love so I also enjoy playing along. I was thinking back to all the Valentines Days past, with whom I spent them, how they played out, and it made me realize just how much I've grown in my understanding of relationships throughout it all. And at the same time, with all the drama, the secret crushes, the bad relationships, and break-ups in between, all that growth whittles down to a few extremely basic lessons that I learned at the beginning. Ok, so maybe not like toddler stage, but at least in middle school when I first started caring. Even now in marriage, the heart of happiness seems to rest on very simple principles. If, according to author Robert Fulghum, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," then I propose that:

>all I really need to know about love I learned in middle school.

  1. If you stand in the corner, you'll never make it on the dance floor.

  2. Relationships require communication. In person. Not just notes.

  3. Jealously is worthless.

  4. Never underestimate the power of holding hands.

  5. Sometimes the best decision is right in front of you.

  6. You have a choice about who you let into your life and out of it.

  7. The people worth keeping are the ones who love you at your weirdest.

  8. Never underestimate the power of flowers. (Not flours)

  9. Good things come when you stop trying so hard to find them yourself.

  10. Finding love doesn't mean you don't still have to work to keep it.


Here's to L.O.V.E.