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renniekins
February Gift
One thing I hate about v-day is the explosion of red and pink that occurs everywhere. The concept of a day to celebrate love is rather beautiful. The fact that, in a store, this translates to putting cheap red plastic around everything they sell is just repugnant to me.

Love is so much greater than red plastic hearts.

Another thing I hate about v-day is the stressing of couplehood. Stores basically only market to people involved in Relationships. If there doesn't happen to be a boy out there who wants to buy me something pink and disposable in the middle of february, why should that make me feel unloved? How awful is it that, on a day meant to celebrate love, so many people end up feeling inadequate and lonely?

Love is greater than can be contained by only two people.

So forget v-day, forget the red plastic hearts, forget the pink carnations. I want to celebrate love. Real love is not confined to just one person or day. I love so many people and things, but it's easy to get so annoyed and cynical about v-day that I forget to share my love.

So I'd like to offer anyone who reads this post a February Gift. Comment here, and I will tell you something I love about you. It doesn't matter how well I know you -- I'm looking forward to doing it, so please respond!
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lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: February 15th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

What I love....

I love that you always have a new perspective on things, or can come up with one.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: What I love....

I love the way you're passionate about math and teaching, and really the way you devote all of yourself to everything you do.
From: nirbhao Date: February 15th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
how neat! we've only met once, but I will respond with something I love about you, too.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that your hello kitty icon has a skeleton; it's delightfully devious. I also love the uterus you knitted!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 15th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
This old hippy often uses "Peace & Love" at the end of my cards and letters.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: February 16th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
you're an old hippy, ain't tryin' to hurt noone, you're just tryin' real hard to adjust.

true?
zanthrin From: zanthrin Date: February 15th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice post -- now, can I interest you in a plush Bun-bun with red hearts all over him? ;-)

Kim and I actually pretty much skipped v-day this year ... we've been on a long vacation which really has meant more to us than plastic hearts ... yay! :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
haha! He would kill you before you even got close to him with hearts.

I love that you are a genuine person. I love that you pulled the stinger out of my hand when that scary bee stung me, and I love that you introduced me to OtherWorld!
sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: February 16th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that we've been friends for so long and still have so much in common.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: February 16th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
what she said!

seriously... for a long time i didn't think we had much in common anymore... that's so not true. i'm glad that we've found newer common ground even as our lives have gone in our various directions (:
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: February 16th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds good to me! Bring on the love!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I love how much thought and care I've seen you put into your comments to your friends. I love watching you with your dog. I love that we've known each other so long through so much, and I love that we can talk about so much with each other.
nishar From: nishar Date: February 16th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok... tell me something. Now one thing I love about you. You seem to love life and go out and have fun. From trips to mountain tops to a LARP camp... you know how to enjoy life.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your optimism and your compassion. I love the fact that you are dedicated to doing a good job, even in a field where a lot of people aren't. I love the fact that you like v-day even though you're single!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: February 16th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
bah humbug!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your confidence and friendliness in social situations. I love the way you dance with abandon, even if some things get broken in the process. I love the gentle way you care for your friends when it is needed.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your skill at art, and I love your creativity. I love the way you make the unexpected a reality. I love your new LJ.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that you are a father. I love having an Amherst connection on my LJ, a computer center one at that! I love your red hair, and I love that I stumbled across your picture on the cover of a magazine a year or two after I last saw you. I love reading about your son.
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: February 16th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
So what are my choices?

1) D'oh! V-day was yesterday, and I entirely forgot!
2) Whew! V-day was yesterday, and I didn't even notice.

My answer is #2. I spent my valentines day staining a new door for a new room in my basement. And spackling. And sanding. And working out. And working. I love that I didn't notice that it was v-day.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that you are a consistently polite and thoughtful friend. I love what you've done with your house, and I love that you are constantly seeking to improve your life. I love that you didn't notice it was v-day!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 16th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that I always find you amazing.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that you gave me cookies for breakfast. I love that you care about your friends and will always help when asked. I love the way you always know who everyone is.
kivrin From: kivrin Date: February 16th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You're so right about Valentine's Day. I think it's just part of the way our culture at large is so fixated on couple-hood to the exclusion of other relationships. Also, I think your February Gift idea is terribly terribly sweet and thoughtful - which are also two qualities I see and appreciate in you. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the way you have with words, and the way you think about things. I love reading your encouragement. I love that you're going to Russia, and even though you're scared about it too, I love how excited you are!
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: February 16th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Just say "Happy Hallmark Holiday", and ignore it otherwise. I don't do vday, happily Tegan seems ok with that.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your sideburns, no matter what your coworkers say. I love your mushroom soup. I love your idea for the fake scotch-tasting.
geekjul From: geekjul Date: February 16th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the way you like to look on the sunny side of life!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the catchy names you come up with for your goals. I love your compassion. I love reading the way you think about things.
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: February 16th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your irrepressibility. It reminds me to be joyful.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I love how helpful you can be with your ideas and advice. I love reading about your dancing and winter biking. I love how brave you are with taking on difficult changes.
dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: February 16th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your openness, your willingness to try new things, and your amazing writing ability.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your name, and I love knowing that you're here reading. I love seeing your id occasionally pop up in my comments or friends list, even though it is rare!
stephe From: stephe Date: February 16th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yesterday I ended up buying a small, heart-shaped box of chocolates for a stranger I overheard complaining that only guy she had in her life was her cat. That was my randon kindly act for the week. I only worry that it made me look like a stalker/weirdo/pervert.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that story, I think it's sweet. I love how close you seem with your wife, and I love the fact that you are still persuing education and poetry.
ellison From: ellison Date: February 16th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, what a great post! I totally agree that love is more than plastic hearts and that no one should feel lonely just because they're not part of a couple. I personally think it's especially damaging to the self esteem of adolescents who feel that they "should" have a boyfriend or girlfriend. I think that sucks! Everyone should love themselves first and foremost. :)

I love this idea for a thread, too. I love that you came up with it, I love your writing, and I love that you use backwards smileys. Very cool! :) (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your llama icon. Actually I love your money icon too; I love your passion for animals. Also, I love your cheer.
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: February 16th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I need to feel loved, because I don't feel very loved right now...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that you're the youngest person on my friends list! I love that you're also a skater, and I love your new haircut. I love that we "sorta" met in person even before we met online, even though we didn't know it.
juliebata From: juliebata Date: February 16th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
You're an open and welcoming person, rare and good to know! I like that the first time we met in person, it felt like I'd known you for years!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that you took me to a goth garage sale, and I love your cake tattoo that always makes me hungry. I love the way you evolved from "friend of a friend of a friend" to a real friend, and I love seeing you at Blitz.
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: February 16th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)

^

You make me think.
And you use obstacles as your stairways.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ^

I love that we went to a museum together. I love how many interesting experiences you've been through, and I love that you view your life as an adventure.
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: February 16th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You've already given me my February Gift... your perspective on love.

Thanks Rennnie

>:-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that you appeared on my friends list and donated to my fundraiser before I ever knew who you were. I love that you watch sheep and other critters while you drive into work.
From: 111466 Date: February 16th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Okay, and here is what I love about YOU

You post pictures of your socks. How cute is that?!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Okay, and here is what I love about YOU

I love that you call it "Half-Priced Candy Day Eve". I love that you like to release books to the wild.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: February 16th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love you because you're smart, thoughtful, silly, compassionate, incredibly resilient, and cute as hell.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 17th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that you've been my friend here for so long. I love that you started out as just a techie I stumbled across somewhere, but turned into a thoughtful and interesting person to read and share life-stories with. I also love how cute your son is.
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