A simple Valentine’s Day gift you may have overlooked

It's a game. But it's really about time together.

A simple Valentine’s Day gift you may have overlooked

A simple Valentine’s Day gift you may have overlooked 1024 768 Looking out Loud

This is 60-second Dadspeak—daily reflections on becoming a dad, while still growing up myself. You can find the full mini-pod audio list here.


My wife and I both woke up to Valentine’s Day cards that our kids had made. I knew they were making one for their mom, but I really had no idea they’d made one for me too. My eyes turned into two little heart emojis. 😍

During the day, I asked my wife what else could we do for the kids for Valentine’s Day. Her response threw me.

“Why don’t we play a game together in the evening?” she suggested.

My initial reaction was that we play games nearly every weekend, so what makes that special for today? But then I realized two things.

One, we don’t usually play games during the week. So, that’s different.

And more importantly, what is Valentine’s Day about anyway? Love.

Usually, this is interpreted as romantic love. Or in the the case of kids, as an opportunity to rot their teeth and overstimulate them with a ridiculous amount of sweets. Because kids are sweet, right? Right.

But true love isn’t about sweets or romance. Real love has much more to do with just spending time together—quality time. Enjoying people just the way they are, for who they are. Not judging, not teaching. Just being together, present in the moments you have.

So that’s what we did. We played a game. And we danced. And it felt like just the right way to spend a special day.

When it comes to love, sometimes simple is as sweet as it gets.



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