Love Is All Around

Giraffe Mom And Baby Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Kisses” today, I chose to celebrate the universal love between a mother and child, with my usual animal stand-ins, of course. It’s Valentine’s Day, a day normally known for love of a more romantic nature, but I think any kind of love is a wonderful thing to celebrate. Philippe and I don’t do anything special for this day. Though it does happen to fall on pizza night, so at least Philippe won’t have to cook anything. But, we don’t exchange gifts or act any differently than we might on any other day. Thinking about it, though, the fact that I don’t subject Philippe to my cooking is really a wonderful gift as well. Also, there might just be a bottle of champagne in the fridge that needs to be opened, and this day provides the perfect excuse. And, I hope you’re out there now enjoying time being with or thinking about someone you love. I don’t think it’s ever possible to have too much love in our lives. And when it comes to valentines, it’s a concept best lived each and every day!

I’ve never enjoyed Valentine’s Day much as an adult. When I was a kid, I got to make and decorate a box each year to house the valentines I received from other students. This was something I looked forward to each year and my boxes grew increasingly more elaborate as the years went on. I know I likely drove my mother crazy with all of the supplies I needed in order to make them. It was very serious business and I wanted mine to be something really cool and much more than a simple shoebox. So, they became elaborate structures that I was always quite proud to arrive with at school on the big day. Actually getting valentines as a kid, was always a touch awkward. Like when little Becky put tiny hand-drawn hearts all over mine and made me blush. I soon realized, however, that Becky had done the same for every boy in class and was then left simply not feeling special at all. So, given a choice, I would have just been happy making the box.

Today, I just enjoy taking a moment during the day to think about everyone I love. And it’s a rather long list indeed. My mom is right there at the top, of course, not only because she’s my mother, but also because she’s simply a really cool person. She’s one of those people that I’d love even if she was the mother of one of my friends. Though, yeah, I feel extremely lucky that she’s actually mine. I loved her mother in much the same way. My grandma was just so fun, so smart, and so awesome that it would be impossible not to love her. She’s no longer around in life, but she’s never once left my heart. The people that I love most are people who also just happen to be fantastic people. The kind of people who are truly kind and make me laugh. Actually, that’s kind of a lot of people in my life. I love my friends in the Doodlewash community, and yes, like little Becky, I’m known to hand out little hearts to everyone. But, as it turns out, that’s the kind of world I want to live in. The one where we all take care of each other, and love is all around.

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26 Comments
  1. Lisa Cihlar 5 months ago

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Joe bought me ink and a dip pen. It’s not waterproof, but it makes a lovely line with my glass dip pen. That’s about all we’re doing. I made a roast and raw fried potatoes for dinner which Joe considers a gift.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕Oh wow! Those are the coolest Valentine’s Day gifts ever!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 5 months ago

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie! Enjoy with Philippe.

  3. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 5 months ago

    Aweeeeeeeeee so super cute!!! I came so close to doing a momma and baby giraffe lol. then we would have been art twins lol. That nurturing love though is what just grabs me in the heart as well. I am like the momma hen in my world cuz I want the best for all my beloveds. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Aww! We could have been art twins! hehe And yay to being a momma hen!

  4. Karen Fortier 5 months ago

    Wonderful and sweet Charlie!

  5. Jeromy Winter 5 months ago

    As always you outdo yourself! Lovely.

  6. Gary Middleton 5 months ago

    Giraffes are amazing animals. Really lovely painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 yeah, I agree! Giraffes are one of my favorite animals!

  7. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    Your childhood Valentine’s memories are a lot like mine! I enjoyed the decorating part but not the giving and receiving part. How embarrassing if you got one from someone you didn’t give to, or vice versa.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      I know, right? It was soooo embarrassing! hehe… but the craft bit was SO much fun! 😃💕

  8. memadtwo 5 months ago

    I remember those Valentine boxes from elementary school. I too enjoyed making them much more than the Valentines themselves. Love your giraffes too. (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah… hehe… it was way more fun to make the boxes. But that bit was still so much fun!

  9. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Love these sweet giraffes!! Happy belated Valentine’s day! A world full of “love all around”…what a wonderful world to live in.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  10. LoriCtoo 5 months ago

    Oh so precious! I love your ramblings about the people you love. And I love your reminder of those Valentine Boxes we used to make every year! Isn’t it interesting to think we “always” had a shoebox ready to be decorated for the big day? Something no doubt our mother’s thought of way in advance. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! hehe… I always reminded my mother. I refused to use only a shoebox and created the craziest contraptions. I’m not sure now if they were as awesome as I remember!😊 lol

  11. ljcillustration 5 months ago

    We never had anything like Valentine Boxes when I was at school [UK and a long time ago], in fact Valentine’s day in general wasn’t the big thing that it is today. Super giraffes. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, I only enjoyed the box bit… sharing little love notes in grade school is just way too embarrassing! hehe

  12. Priscilla DeConti 5 months ago

    how wonderful is your picture.. We don’t do much for Valentines day either usually..hubby bought me flowers as he knows I have had a difficult month and I was happy…it is good to be around those who is kind to others and also kind to themselves as it shows…thanks again for another great post!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕So thrilled you enjoyed this post! And yay for flowers! It’s always so wonderful to receive them as a gift!

  13. shawnthompsonart 5 months ago

    Awww that Baby Giraffe is so cute, I really like your red spots.

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