There is a strong tradition among women giving chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day in Japan. When my husband was alive, he was often given expensive chocolates by his female co-workers. Of course, I would give him expensive ones, too. We enjoyed eating expensive chocolates together on Valentine’s Day, which we never did on ordinary days.
After my husband passed away, I felt extremely lonely, especially on this day. I would always hope that it would pass quickly. I suffered all the time during those days.
One day I started yoga, and then it restored my peace of mind gradually. This activity also introduced a trustworthy yoga teacher and many yoga friends. They helped me to reduce what I felt.
One time, when Valentine's Day was coming soon, my yoga teacher planned to hold a tea party after the lesson. It would be held on Valentine’s Day. I came up with crocheting bookmarks as Valentine's presents for them. I felt very happy that I could enjoy preparing for this special day.
I finished crocheting them by Valentine's Eve. I attached message cards to each of them.
When I gave them my crocheted presents, they liked them very much. Their happy smiles were so memorable, and made me happy. I was able to overcome my loneliness and I had some people to celebrate Valentine’s Day with me. It was a very unforgettable day.
I think from the bottom of my heart, it is very nice that we can celebrate Valentine’s Day with people whom we love. On this day, we give love and share the love we have to those who are in need of it.