Just because Valentine’s Day has come and gone does not mean that you cannot express your love and gratitude to your loved ones. We are called to “love our neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27b)
Here are some of our simple tips on how you can show your love for your parents, children, friends, office mates, church mates, and even your neighbor (literally) and this time, it’s the reading and writing edition!
Leave a surprise, random note
Write an encouraging Bible verse, quote or a self-written note and leave it in random places where your loved one can find them: refrigerator, your kids’ lunch box, your husband/wife’s laptop, bulletin board in the office/church. A personal and hand-written note will never fail to brighten up someone’s day
Read to someone who can’t
It may be a grandparent whose eyesight is failing, or a child who still cannot read on their own or you can even volunteer at the local hospital. Choose a story that is fun where you can use different voices or a non-fiction book that is full of insight and encouragement.
Dedicate a blog entry to a loved one
Public declarations of love, not just the romantic kind, are always appreciated. Write about a particular incident that you remember from your childhood or a fiction story that is inspired by real-life events or a top ten list of why you love him/her or even a poem or song you wrote for him/her
Make a poster of their favorite scene or quote from their favorite book
You can design it yourself or you can ask an artist friend to design it for you. You can even make a scrapbook type of poster. It won’t cost much since you can have it printed in digital printing shops. Your book-loving loved one will definitely love this gesture.
Field trip to a library
Apparently, there are still places called libraries 😛 And for your book-loving but very busy loved one, a field trip or date in a library is a rare but wonderful opportunity to spend hours immersed in all these books. Some suggestions for public libraries: The National Library in Manila, Quezon City Public Library (different branches scattered all over QC), Filipinas Heritage Library, The Children’s Library
What are your other suggestions for expressing your love to your writer or book lover loved ones? Share in the comments section below 🙂