Love is not always kisses and hugs. Love is not necessarily a big, gorgeous wedding. Love is not sunshine and roses for days. Love is not everything being perfect all of the time. Love is a choice and it takes work. It takes work to truly love.
Like my young daughter's obsession with her next birthday, I begin formulating how I'll spend the day, who I'll send cards to and who I'll call/see/meet to say "I love you" and express my thanks.
Throughout the history of language, words have taken on new and expanded meanings; Valentine's Day is no exception.