I just love Jamie, the main character in my new picture book called
He shows compassion, kindness, gratitude, and love for everyone and everything in his life. He wants to help make his world a better and happier place and he’s not afraid to inspire this in others.
We need more “Jamies” in our world. I know there are some out there, though, and they live in all walks of life; kids, adults, and animals. I’ve witnessed first hand Every Day Heroes like Jamie, and this Valentine’s Day, if you look closely you too just might see one, feel loved by one, or even be one.
I think now, more than ever when scary things are going on in our world, we look to those who are close to us for inspiration and to be reminded of how much we’re loved. Sometimes, a person needs an Every Day Hero to swoop in, spread some insight, do good deeds and bring a little happiness, and love to their world.
This month, my Everyday Hero is my son.
He’s my Hero and one of my favorite Valentines.
Since he was a little boy until now, as a grown young man, I’ve told my son that I’ll always be one of his Valentine’s. Just like my daughter will always be her Dad’s, and in addition to mates and/or spouses, both my kids know that they are loved every day and especially on Valentine’s Day.
To me, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. It’s about celebrating the love I have for all the different people (and animals) in my life. Love for my mate, children, pets, extended family, friends, neighbors and other people in the world too. Even the people I don’t know.
My son has told me that the unconditional love both my husband and I have shown him throughout his life makes him feel valued and complete as a person. It’s obvious, in the way that he is, that the love we’ve shown him and the love my husband and I have shown each other, has helped sculpt the loving person he is today.
Like most parents, I like to believe that all these years of showing him everyday love has given him the ability to love himself right back and completely.
It’s nourished in him an understanding of people and that’s encouraged him to want to share this love, like we do, with others in the world. Particularly to those who need it most.
Frequently, my son reminds me of how much love is needed and missing in the world and like the Everyday Hero that he is, he puts his words and intentions into action. This month, he’s going to Figi to volunteer in a Community Development Expedition. This inspires me so much and mostly, it gives me hope. That’s my little Valentine.
Now, more than ever, when scary things are going on in the world, we need to look to those who are close to us for inspiration. We need to be reminded of how much we are loved and how much potential we have to love others.
Have a Happy Valentines Day and don’t forget to show yourself some love. Then, because of the ability to love yourself and because you’re inspired to, swoop in, spread some insight and bring a little love and cheeriness to someone else’s world.
This month, try to be an Every Day Hero, like Jamie and my son, and show someone you don’t know some Valentine’s love.Tracy Bryan is an award-winning Indie Author. She writes whimsical books for kids ages 4-12. Tracy’s debut fiction picture book with illustrator David Barrow is called Put Away Your Phone! and they just released their second picture book together called Too Many Things!
“When we feed and support our own happiness, we are nourishing our ability to love. That’s why to love means to learn the art of nourishing our happiness. Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.”
-Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh
Learn more about Thich Nhat Hanh’s ideas about love here