Valentine’s Day & My Last Name

Yes, my last name is Valentine. And with Valentine’s Day only a few days away, I’m already hearing the jokes from family, friends, and even strangers! Since I was a child, I always hear jokes about my last name as February 14th approaches.

I really love my last name now, but I didn’t like it very much as a child. I remember being in 2nd grade and being picked on because of my last name. Now, I hear some jokes still, but it’s mostly from strangers! I went shopping recently and a cashier scanned my store loyalty card. As expected, my first and last name appeared on the screen. She smiled at me and said, “Well, your last name is very appropriate for this time of year!”

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Because of my last name, my family loves to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s sort of like a scaled-down Christmas. My house is decorated with hearts. We exchange Valentine’s Day cards and gifts. Basically, it’s flowers and chocolates everywhere. But, it’s also a time to remember the love and care in my family.

I know some people don’t like Valentine’s Day, but I truly enjoy this holiday. I don’t think that Valentine’s Day is only for people in romantic relationships. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, compassion, and care. I encourage you to take the time this Valentine’s Day to let your family and friends know that you care and appreciate them. A little Valentine’s Day card wouldn’t hurt either!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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