Thursday, February 01, 2007
Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Ah, the scintillation of love. Many of us have a binary view of this celebration-- either we have a Valentine, or we don't.
But there's a few hundred thousand people in our country who get shades of grey. Those people are members of our armed forces deployed in either of the major operations-- Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan-- in the War on Terror. For those couples, they may have Valentine's, but they are separated by an ocean and beyond that, subject to the unknown for things we take for granted-- such as their physical well being/safety and when they will see each other again. Puts a little perspective on picking up some last-minute chocolates at Walgreens on the way home from an(other) uneventful day at work, no?
This kind of love, then, is one to be truly celebrated-- a deep and powerful one that withstands time, distance, and uncertainty. We are enamored with it, pun fully intended. So our Valentine's Day Celebration this year is for the military and their significant others. Share the story of your love, how you fell in love, how you cope with being without each other (especially on a day of lovey-dovey celebration), and what your plans are when you are reunited. Prizes are from Bath and Body Works, intended for some self-pampering while you wait.
The contest is now open, so get to writing, and in the process meet other kindred spirits that understand exactly where you're coming from and how you're feeling.
Happy Valentine's Day to All. Experience Project is quite the eligible bachelor, by the way. It hasn't really had time for dating and such this past year, but you know how it goes... ;)