Valentine’s Day Afterward
What happens to the love after Valentine’s Day?
On Valentine’s Day, Mom and Dad go out to dinner unless Dad’s on a SEAL mission. Mom gets roses and chocolate unless she’s on a diet. Jackie, my big sister, sometimes gets Valentine’s Day cards but she hides them in her dresser and I find them—accidentally, of course—when I sneak into her room to wear her clothes while she’s at sports camp or away for the weekend.
Then, it stops. The next day, no more lovey-dovey. Mom and Dad sometimes fight over things I don’t understand. Jackie talks about how she’s so glad Valentine’s Day is over and wishes someone would extend football season so she’d have more interesting things to talk to boys about than who’s dating who or who’s breaking up before the school’s Valentine’s Day dance.
Another thingy, I really wish people would quit asking me if Tommy’s my boyfriend because he made me a dinosaur card with a heart on it. That’s his way of saying I’m his BFF. Just a BFF. Not a girlfriend!
Why is love so focused on just one day? Shouldn’t every day be about love, even if a saint isn’t involved?
Higher Truths of Love
I learned higher truths about love from Mitushi, Commander Supreme of the Gallion Fleet, when I had my challenge to meet the Gallion Queen Supreme, Nashata. I asked my Sword of Purity to show me my greatest enemy. Spoiler alert—I can’t tell more because it would give away too much about one of my favorite chapters in “Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen.” I can tell you that I remembered the moment of greatest love in my life, when my mom held me as a newborn and kissed me on the cheek for the first time. Even writing about it now makes my worries go away, and my heart feels bigger and warmer. It’s like a forgotten part of me remembers the best reason for being born.
I wish everyone could learn about love from the Gallions—the good aliens. Then maybe every day would feel like Valentine’s Day.
That’s my blog, and I’m sticking with it.
Aria Vanir, Earth Ambassador to the Gallions
Aria Vanir is the psychic tween protagonist in Jean Neff Guthrie’s young adult novel, “Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen,” which hit Amazon #1 Best Seller in February 2016. Visit www.JeanNeffGuthrie.com for novel highlights and purchase. Click here for VIP Access to Aria, which includes two free chapters, character map, promotions, news, fun facts, and more.