So today is St Valentines day and I have to say, I gave serious consideration to what I would be posting on what can be an emotional minefield of a day 😉
We’ve already talked gifts, but I’m going to make the assumption that the majority of you do something low key if you’re in a relationship, like Pete and I do. In the Norris household, it’s pretty much like any other day really, with a card and perhaps a slightly lingered over, nicer-than-usual meal. I haven’t given V-day as much thought for several years in fact as I think it’s really a celebration for new relationships.
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Believe it or not, I also think it’s kind of lovely to share it with friends, or at least the sentiment. I kind of like the old fashioned sentiment and wish I was organised enough to send a pretty card or small sweet thing to all of my girl friends. V-day texts it is then 😉 Nearly every year my Mum sends my sister and I cards and little presents too, which never fails to make you feel happy and loved.
This week when I was ski-ing, I spent a lot of time observing Pete and his enthusiasm. Anyone of you reading who knows him will know he is possibly the most enthusiastic person in history and that is doubled when it comes to snow sports. So trips like last weeks involve never ending early mornings and carrying on ski-ing until the last lift is closed. It’s hard to object because he enjoys it so much.
This holiday more than ever before, I let him ski late, wake me early and tried not to complain. I realise that sounds a little bit ridiculous, given that I was enjoying amazing snow and a week off work – what’s to complain about? But honestly, he has to be seen to be believed. You see, enthusiasm is infectious, I love his positivity, and of course I’m not averse to ski-ing too. But it lead me to thinking how I had changed since I met Pete.
I definitely count my blessings more, but over the ten years we have been together he has taught me so much about the kind of person I want to be. I swallow my moaning when it’s cold or my legs are aching and keep going, just because I enjoy seeing how happy it makes him and I love experiencing life alongside him. They say you should never try to change a (wo)man, but I reckon when things are right, you change naturally as you grow together and try to make someone happy. So although I am at times ridiculously indulged by him, I try to give back as much as I take, without making a big song and dance about it.
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And that fleeting train of thought brought me back here as it often does, to wondering… how have you changed because of your relationship? It doesn’t have to be a boyfriend or husband, but maybe someone else like your Mum or a friend have taught you a valuable lesson that you’ve noticed over time.
So to celebrate V-day FF style, get a little slushy and tell me how your personality or outlook on life has changed because of someone special.
With Valentines Love,