Amy Rees Anderson

Are You Prepared For Valentines Day?

When I was a little kid in elementary school I LOVED Valentine’s Day because in the days leading up to it, each of us kids in my elementary school class would bring a cardboard box or an old Quaker Oats canister from home and we got to decorate it to make it look like a little mailbox. Then our parents would buy of us a box full of Valentine cards and a bag of little heart candies and we’d get to write out a card to each of the kids in our class and then add a few candy hearts into each envelope.

When Valentine’s Day arrived, we’d each take out our homemade little mailboxes and place them on our desks and then we’d go around the classroom dropping a valentine card into each mailbox. I still remember how exciting it was to drop those cards in each mailbox and I loved coming home at the end of the day with my own mailbox full of cards. It was so exciting to open each Valentine card left for me and it always made me feel so loved. It also felt good to know that no one in the class got left out – every student had their mailbox full of cards and candy to take home. But I’ll admit, the most exciting part was opening a Valentine card from that cute boy in your class you’d been crushing on all year….oh, young love…

I really miss those days of doing Valentine mailboxes! I wish we still did those as adults.  But homemade mailbox or not, we should still find a way to let the people in our lives know that we love them on Valentine’s Day this week. And to all you men out there who are lucky enough to have a girl in your life that’s hoping and praying she’ll get to open a Valentine’s card from you – GET ON IT!!! You have no idea how much you will make her day when you let her know how much she means to you…and don’t forget to slip a few candy hearts…scratch that…maybe go with chocolate covered strawberries instead….you’ll make her day!

(Guys – see how I was kind enough to remind you about this an entire day in advance so you don’t have to be part of that pathetic group of men who forgot and have to pick through the remaining cards at the grocery store on the day of…consider this reminder my Valentine gift to all of you 🙂 ). Hugs…

~Amy Rees Anderson    (read Amy’s new book “What AWESOME Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life” )

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