Thursday’s Children 1/31/13

A weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them. Join us!

A weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them. Join us!

Inspired by Valentine’s Day…Not

The MC in one of my books has this to say about it, “Valentine’s Day. Ugh. Corny. Mushy. Scripted.” Yes, she’s a jagged little pill, but I have to agree with her on at least one point. “Scripted”. This is the part that irks me most about Valentine’s Day.

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Also that it’s an excuse for some really bad poetry…

Starting in January, you can’t escape the admonitions to tell your loved ones that you love them. ¬†Even the very young are not exempt. A typical kindergartener spends a week embellishing an empty Kleenex box to function as a card receptacle. Then another hour or so deciding whether she likes Madison enough to give her the Sleeping Beauty card, or whether she should get the somehow less desirable Snow White card. There will also be arguing about why she has to give James a card at all, since just yesterday he called her a nasty name on the playground. The answer to that last one is “Yes, you have to give him one too.” Because it’s Valentine’s Day- the day we tell people we love them, whether we feel like it or not. And even if we do feel like telling a special someone “I love you” on February 14, chances are it will come across as obligatory, rather than genuine.

Don’t get me wrong.

Love inspires me more than anything.

I’m in love with it.

Every book I’ve written is a love story.

I see no reason to stop writing about love.

But love doesn’t arrive on cue, with chocolates and flowers in hand.

Love is messy, raw, scary, funny, euphoric, inconvenient…and a thousand other things. Love is the most powerful force in the world. Celebrating it requires more than one day, one card, one dozen red roses.

So, how do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you enjoy writing about love?

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