For Lent, I’ve been trying to read every day from a devotional called Savor by Shauna Niequist. (If you’re looking for some life-affirming words in your life, I would highly recommend any and all of her books – that’s an affiliate link if you decide to try her out!)

The other day, the reflection had this thought: “You are significant with or without a significant other.” That phrase kept on bouncing around in my brain and I knew it had to accompany a narwhal for Folk-Art Friday.

I’m very aware that Valentine’s is an easy, fun holiday for me since I have Bobby in my life. I’m also very aware that I’d probably have conflicted feelings about February 14th if I was facing the day as a single, 30 year-old woman. I’m pretty sure there would be jealousy and longing and some loneliness associated with the day.

If you’re in that spot, please know that you’re in my thoughts. I know I can’t scrub away those heart pangs with a simple blog post or a watercolor narwhal – but I hope that you’ll write this phrase on your soul today: “I am significant with or without a significant other.”

I decided to leave Mr. Narwhal in the grocery store today as I was running a couple errands. The second I walked through the sliding doors, there was a huge display of red and pink balloons, flowers, and chocolates. It looked like a good spot to post this little reminder of hope for someone to find.

As I walked away to do my shopping, I was bombarded by MULTIPLE displays of valentine candy, plush animals, champagne and chocolates – and I thought how simply going to pick up groceries during this time of year must be like walking through a minefield for some people. Constant reminders of the holiday.

I now realize that single people probably won’t be spending time looking at the excessive display of Valentine’s flowers…so my narwhal may not be positioned in the best spot to reach his target audience. Alas!

Regardless of whether you’ll be holding someone’s hand this Sunday, rest assured I’m sending you love and virtual hugs – this weekend and always.