Don’t get all anti-Valentine’s Day on me. I still celebrate Valentine’s Day, a la Mexico (and many other Latin American countries) style – in other words, I celebrate my friendships and love in general with el Día de Amor y Amistad (Day of love and friendship). I will not succumb to any of this must-have-a-special-someone-and-buy-all-kinds-of-unnecessary-stuff pressure. No siree, Bob.
Today, I received a beautiful surprise from an old friend. She scanned a card I had made for her in 2000 and told me how much it had meant to her. It warmed my heart to know that my friendship was valued and that I was a part of her life, even after all these years. We may live hours away from each other now but we still have contact. And for those reminders of amistad, I am grateful.
We live in a border town, celebrate el Día del Amor y la Amistad. And if you happen to have a significant other, don’t forget to remind him or her that you love ’em – you don’t need much more. El Partner and I have promised to just hang out with each other, nothing lavish or extravagant and definitely no spending money that we don’t have. It will be a celebration of our friendship.