Brainstorming ways to encourage our neighbors in Highland Park, Kiara suggested delivering valentines to our community. At first, I was uncertain, but as she described her idea of designing a card tied with a small bag of candy, we three agreed it could be a friendly gesture.
Kiara shopped for candy, bags, ribbon, and I created the card. Sunday, February 13, we gathered around the kitchen table to put the cards and bags of candy together. As usual, you have lots of laughter wherever you have Kila and Kiara together!
We ended up making 72 valentines with candy and decided to meet at 3 p.m. on February 14 to deliver them to the neighbors closest to where we live. I have to admit I was a bit uncomfortable thinking about walking up to neighbors’ homes to drop off our valentines and wondering if we were creating angst in our community. But, three females, two young college-aged ones and one white-haired one were likely harmless, I hoped.
After the first few steps, my discomfort was gone. We ran into a few neighbors wishing us a “Happy Valentine’s Day,” and any uncertainty I initially felt had melted away.
Forty minutes later, we wished we had made more.