Valentine's Day was this last week, and up until this last year and as the (most of the time) single twin, I've never had a date for Valentine's. In fact, until the actual day this year, everything seemed status quo. But that is a longer story, and not the point of this post, so...
Back in the beginning of January, I signed up for a Valentine card exchange through a single's group I belong to on Facebook. It was my way of acknowledging the day, hopefully making some other single person's day a little brighter, and negating the tiny bit of bitterness that comes with being single on a day when the world seems especially insensitive in reminding you that you are alone. Also, this was an international exchange, and it's always exciting to get mail from overseas. Fast forward to the beginning of February, and I had forgotten all about the exchange until the organizer PM'd me with two names and addresses - one in Virginia, and one in Ireland!
And then the mild panic set in. What in the world could I send? And how do you send a Valentine's card - something that is usually sappy or silly or sweet, but always a little intimate, to a stranger? After eyeing the card section with yards of commercial Valentine's cards in the grocery store, I decided to make my own. That and I wasn't going to spend $4 on something so impersonal. After scouring Pinterest, and letting ideas ferment in their own creative juices in my brain, I finally produced these:
With Rachel's help (and donation of several of the supplies), we came up with what I like to think of as the whole Librarian Valentine package. There is a page out of an already weeded and gutted former library book, a due date slip, a card pocket, a check out card with book recommendations, and a genre sticker on the back of the card - all on black acid-free archival card stock with non-yellowing non-toxic glue. What's not pictured is an additional handwritten note on another check out card introducing myself.
Once I had finished the cards, I was thrilled with the end product. And the exciting thing is that I heard back from one of the recipients I of the cards! He very much appreciated the thought and effort. I think that's what Valentine's Day should be about - not romantic love, but the chance to tell the people you love that you appreciate them for making your life better.
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!