Happy Valentine’s Day, Phenomenal Women, 2/14/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #129)

Happy Valentine’s Day!  [(1) above].  Valentine’s Day  [(2)] is about love and friendship.  But before we love anyone else, we need to give ourselves pride of place in our own lives and love ourselves.

We have goals and aspirations, wishes and dreams–some we attain, and some we hope to look forward to.  The unfinished bits of our lives are where our possibilities lie–deliciously so.     And for those of us who are zaftig and Rubenesque [(3) right “Venus at a Mirror”], let’s especially give a *wave* and “shout out” to curvy woman kind.   Snap!  We are wonderful, amazing, and unique creatures–never to be duplicated–we are one of a kind.

Finally, I’d like to share with you the inspiring words of a poet and author whom I greatly admire–Dr. Maya Angelou [(4) left]– who said it much better than I in her poem “Phenomenal Woman” [(5) link below].


So before you express your grateful thanks to everyone else in your life this Valentine’s Day, be sure to take a moment to appreciate yourself.  “Phenomenal Woman?”  That’s you!



(1)     Heart graphic in my Happy Valentine’s Day Greeting is from http://www.briderose.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/red-rose-heart-3.jpg

(2)     The Valentine’s Day holiday explained at Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day

(3)     “Venus at a Mirror” circa 1615 painting by Paul Rubens found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rubens_Venus_at_a_Mirror_c1615.jpg

(4)     Portrait of Maya Angelou found at the official May Angelou web site at  http://mayaangelou.com/ ; and here is a link to her biography  http://mayaangelou.com/bio/

(5)     Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.  Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994).  And the poem was found online at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178942


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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7 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day, Phenomenal Women, 2/14/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #129)

  1. bccmee says:

    Excellent sentiments! I’ve taken them to ♥heart♥.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!


  2. Fabi says:

    Good morning Grati,
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
    Here in my country, we do things differently. As Wikipedia says: “In Brazil, the Dia dos Namorados (lit. “Lovers’ Day”, or “Boyfriends’/Girlfriends’ Day”) is celebrated on June 12, probably because it is the day before Saint Anthony’s day, known there as the marriage saint, when traditionally many single women perform popular rituals, called simpatias, in order to find a good husband or boyfriend. Couples exchange gifts, chocolates, cards and flower bouquets. The February 14’s Valentine’s Day is not celebrated at all, mainly for cultural and commercial reasons, since it usually falls too little before or after Carnival — that can fall anywhere from early February to early March.”
    Great poem! I’m proud of being a woman too. We are privileged creatures. :)


    • Good morning, Fabi,
      Thanks for your nice note about celebrating “Lovers’ Day” inBrazil! I had glanced at that in Wikipedia. The more days to celebrate love and ourselves, the better.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Kitty says:

    Thank you, Grati. I shared Ms. Angelou’s poem w/ a particularly cherished woman. Today’s emphasis on lovers leaves so many (the never married, divorced, widowed . . .) feeling empty b/c they don’t feel their significant importance to one particular person. My heart aches for them.


    • Hi Kitty,

      Thanks for your nice note! I agree with you about the romantic love fest being flung far and wide today that might make some feel a little left out. Hence, my focused appeal to loving and appreciating ourselves. Love comes in many forms–friend, family, lover, compassion for others, and self, etc. So, there should be something for everyone in Valentine’s day. And especially if our love is a beautiful memory of love, or a yet to be fulfilled hope of love, we still have love in our lives.

      Much Love, Hugs, and Cheers! Grati ;->


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