Valentine's Day doesn't have to be $$$$

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It's so funny how there's so much hype and promotion over Valentine's Day. Sure, it's a great holiday to let your someone special know how much he or she is loved... but the holiday has become one of expensive dinners, hiked-up prices on roses, jewelry, lavish gifts, etc. I'll admit, I was one of those girls who expected flowers, I expected a big gift. But years ago that changed. Remember being in grade-school and getting so excited to write out those little Valentine cards to classmates? And being equally as excited to get those little one-sided cards in return (like those cute Barbie ones, Scooby Doo, or the Smurfs-- I know, I'm aging myself). Why can't we be happy anymore with such things as a simple card? Well, we can. My husband and I have made Valentine's Day even more special with personal, home-made or inexpensive gifts. My best gift ever was a hand-written poem he wrote a few years back. He titled it "Valentine's Day Poem" and wrote it on just on a sheet of lined paper, folded it up.. no fancy stationary, not even an envelope! The other day I was cleaning out a box and found the poem. It warmed my heart, put a smile on my face. I can't wait to find it years later, when we're old and grey. This Valentine's Day... may your heart be warmed in such a simple way.