Happy Valentines Day or Singles Awareness Day…whichever suits

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Today is the day of obligatory and goofy demonstrations of proclaimed love. “Be Mine” stuck on all shades of pink and red are all over the place. Flower stores are booming and the chocolate factories? Well, Willy Wonka hits it big time today. No figures are in just yet.

I’m married and have been for a billion years. We’re not romantic. I will not get flowers on this day or chocolates.

What I do get, though, is a man who throughout the year is faithful to me and to his kids. I get a man who has worked two jobs most of our married life, who makes sure my car has oil in it and who leaves the porch light on when I come home later than he.

That trumps chocolates any day of the year.

On this day of smoochy, fluffy love stuff, I do want to make a point, though. If you’re going to tell someone that you love them, say it like you mean it. Say, “I love you.”

Try it.

It means so much more than “Love ya.” Because “Love ya,” if you think about it comes with a bit less commitment.

I just think that if you’re going to make a statement about love, make the complete statement. Be completely invested. Be totally in. All the way.

I love you.

Those words coming from your lips should make a difference to whomever the target may be

So go ahead. Try it.

I. Love. You.

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