Today is sweetest day.
To my sweetest:
With you by my side, everything in the world seems sweeter. Good things are better because I share them with you, and then I get to see you smile. Bad things are only half as bad, because I know I can count on you to help me get through them. With you, I know I have someone who gets me, who understands the parts of me that other people don’t even know exist. With you, I have everything anyone could ever want. Someone who’s sexy, thoughtful, fun; someone I happen to love very much; someone who happens to be my best friend.
*Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region and parts of the Northeast United States on the third Saturday in October. Once known as a day to spread love and cheer to the unfortunate, this popular holiday in the northern U.S. is now known as a day to show affection to the loved ones in your life.
I realize it is one of those Hallmark holidays that no one really recognizes. Some people think it’s just a reason to guilt your guy into flowers or a dinner out, or perhaps your gal into something she’s been holding out on. (I hear some girls are like that)
However, it’s a day I choose to celebrate. As a girl, my father brought home chocolate hearts with our names on them. One for each of my siblings and I. Every sweetest day, into my early teens, I woke to one of these waiting for me. I was saddened by the closing of the shop across from my father’s work, as it ended this tradition.
Later, my dad arranged for us to get carnations at school. While lots of kids would have thought this dorky, my friends were jealous and I was touched that he would hijack the program where students sent flowers to one another to make sure we got one.
I haven’t celebrated in a while. Two years ago, sweetest day fell on October 20th, my sister’s wedding day, and it was a nice way to mark the holiday, I even got flowers in a roundabout way, since I was the matron of honor.
And so, while it may be silly and frivolous, I will enjoy the day, treat my coworkers to something nice and make sure my sweetest sweetheart knows how much he’s loved and appreciated.