Angela’s Corner: Making MemoriesAngela Banker
Valentineâ€™s Day is fast approaching and I have an urge to reminisce.Â While growing up, my siblings and I often received a small box of chocolates.Â I never felt that I needed anything from my parents.Â Itâ€™s the love that they showed me on a daily basis that meant more to me.Â The hugs, kisses, and warm gentle smiles is what I remember the most and have cherished for years.
My husband and I have never really celebrated Valentineâ€™s Day.Â Sure, we may go out to dinner instead of cooking at home, but the fact that we are together is what I crave the most.Â Cards and gifts are rarely purchased for each other, and if we happen to be near a card display during the holiday weâ€™ll peruse the displays to pick out just the right card for each other.Â After exchanging cards, weâ€™ll put them back in their places and enjoy a good laugh at our escapades.
Over the years we have realized itâ€™s more about making memories than it is about giving each other â€śstuffâ€ť.Â For our daughter, we try to strive more for the memories, but it was not until my cancer diagnosis that we realized that.Â Her birthday will be in a few months.Â Initially, she wanted a bowling party with friends.Â She quickly changed her mind to taking a trip to somewhere she has never been before.Â To her, itâ€™s finally about making those memories with her family that sheâ€™ll be able to cherish for years to come.
Valentineâ€™s Day, as many see, is a day to show your loved ones you care.Â However, as a cancer survivor, that day should be every day.Â I donâ€™t take the time I have with my family and friends for granted.Â I strive to show them that they are cared for daily.Â Without them, I wouldnâ€™t be able to do that; I would not have felt the love and support during my cancer journey as much as I did.Â I am appreciative of the memories we make, to enjoy the time we spend together, and to enjoy the laughter and the tears.Â Valentineâ€™s Day comes once a year, but Iâ€™m aiming to show those I love my love all 365 days.
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