Growing up I was blessed to have my maternal grandparents in my life…they raised my siblings and I. So, I have so many fond memories and the joys of living with my grandparents. My grandfather was an awesome man. He showered me and my sister with so much love. He was the perfect example of the type of love you should receive from a man. He was the first man who ever loved me and showed it. There was not a day that he did not tell me that he loved me and that I was beautiful. He promoted love 365 days out of a year, so on Valentine’s Day he went out of his way to shower my sister and I with cards, candy, teddy bears, etc. Do you understand why he felt it was important for him to do this? His whole mantra was for us to understand that love begins at home and to help us develop self-love first. So when we went out into the world we’d appreciate acts of love because we deserved it. And because we love ourselves first, we aren’t disappointed if we don’t receive a Valentine’s gift on Valentine’s Day because our Valentine’s Day is everyday! My grandfather is no longer here physically, but I am often reminded of his love everyday and although I won’t get that extra special love he displayed on Valentine’s Day by him, I still hold dear to the memories I shared with him. Happy Valentine’s Day Granddaddy! May you Rest in Peace!