I used to be that guy, the one that says he doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, because it’s a created holiday, because of commercialism, because I don’t need a special day to celebrate my love, because blah blah blah. I thought I was cool but I was just obnoxious, and in any case, I always ended up getting something out of guilt.

These days, I choose to be positive. I don’t care if Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday, and I fully understand it’s all about commercialism. I now choose to celebrate it because I want to celebrate love and friendship, and put some more positive energy into the world.

Today I celebrate my love for my wife, Megan. Though we’ve been together for only four years, I feel I’ve known her for a lifetime. Our story is worth a movie or a novel, as those that know it can attest, and every day I am in awe that she is my friend, my lover, my confidant, my cheerleader, my rock, my wife. I wouldn’t change any detail of my life, for they all led me to her.

I celebrate my love for my daughter, Ashlyn, whom once I thought I’d never meet, and who now fills my days with joy, laughter, and wonder. She is my miracle baby, my little dancing pixie. She has me wrapped around her little, pudgy finger, and I’m perfectly fine with that.

Celebro el amor por mi familia: mi hermano y hermanas, mis sobrinos, mis tios y tias, mis primos, mis queridos abuelos. Ustedes son mi mundo y mi contexto,; mi pasado, presente, y futuro; parte integra de mi historia. Sin ustedes soy un barco a la deriva, y aunque no nos veamos tan a menudo, aunque la distancia nos separe, son parte de mi corazon y alma.

I celebrate my love for my friends; I may not have many, but those I have are like brothers and sisters to me. You are the family I chose along the various stages of my life, and though I may not see you much, we are friends always, and I know we can pick up where we left off any day.

I celebrate my love for my parents. Though you both have left this world, your presence is always with me. I miss you terribly, miss your voices, your hugs, your protection, your guidance, your kisses. But I know you’re with me. I feel you. Constantly. I feel you at home, at work, around town, when traveling, and especially I feel you watching over your granddaughter. I’m pretty sure she feels you, too.

Over all, I celebrate my love for God. You are my creator, and I only know how to love, because You showed me how to love first. You have granted me the full abundance of life, moments of joy and moments of sorrow, gains and losses, mountains and valleys, all in Your perfect timing, in Your perfect wisdom, in Your perfect grace. You are perfect love, and for that I am ever so thankful.

Have a happy day celebrating love and friendship.