Some people– mostly guys– say Valentine's Day is boring. Or that it's silly, it's just a way for companies to make money, it's become just so materialistic, and it's been robbed of blah blah blah!
All of that is true– to a point. Doing this program for over 45 years, I'm here to tell you that most of you need to be reminded. One out of 365 days is kind of a pathetic reminder, but I'm a reminder five days a week. So, there you go.
It doesn't hurt to be reminded that you promised to love, cherish, and honor instead of being irritable, pissy, annoyed, argumentative, cold. Yeah, you need reminding. That's why I wrote "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" and "The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage." Read them both, no matter what gender you are. All that you should be doing with each other is in there.
Valentine's Day is a little punctuation mark in the year. I remind the public I've been busy the last few months knitting, crocheting, and making jewelry. Trust me, I almost got to the point of my brain exploding because I wanted to get so many pretty things ready for Valentine's Day. Why? I'll tell you.
This will be my Valentine's Day Designs Store coming up in two weeks. I’ve started to give you some sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram, but you haven't seen anything yet. I've been telling you for a lot more than two weeks that when I open these design stores, Dr. Laura Family Members get to shop early, before the general public. More than half of the items, usually two-thirds or three-quarters, get snapped up by the early buyers. So, if you are not yet a Family Member, it doesn't cost you anything! Please sign up today at drlaura.com because you will get the early bird access when we open to the Family members on January 31. The store opens to the public on Tuesday, February 1.
What is the point of all of this? It's to take care of other people who are probably in a lot more need than you are. One more thing this time: a new sponsor. Annie’s Kit Clubs has made a generous donation so we can keep sending all the proceeds from the Designs Store to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. We help with the education of kids from Gold Star families, who lost a parent in the line of duty. As you know, Annie's Kit Clubs delivers creativity with monthly craft kits subscriptions, which I have given as gifts to adults and kids. Check it out at annieskitclub.com. I'm really happy to welcome them as my newest supporter of the Dr. Laura Designs Store. I'm very grateful because they pay for all the stuff.
Somebody wrote something very nice. A lot of you write nicely, but I mean this is the only time anybody has said this to me:
Thank you for putting in so much of your own personal time.
It's nice when you write out a check, but I'm kind of role-modeling for you to role-model for your kids to put in your own effort. There's something more beautiful about that.
Remember, Valentine's Day should not be every day. I mean, every day you can't be doing stuff like that. But it is a time to jump-start realizing you said love, cherish, honor and not just bitch, criticize, argue, tear each other down, ignore each other, don't touch each other, don't caress and kiss and hug each other. I think it's a time to remind you to go back to doing the right things.