The Countdown Begins

Everyone has their favorite holiday. For many, it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I have two favorite holidays. Valentine’s Day and Halloween. Both are fun holidays with awesome candy.

Valentine’s Day is only 14 days away. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you only have 14 days to find the perfect card or gift for your loved one.

It’s fun to see all the flowers and gifts, even if I don’t get any myself. (I don’t expect I get any this year either.) I can be happy for everyone else without feeling like I’m missing out on anything.

Since it falls on Sunday, I will miss out on all of the flowers on office desks and I won’t receive the dozen roses my boss has delivered to the office every year…for his girlfriend.

This year, I have Declan to share it with, which makes it all that much nicer. He isn’t the mushy type, but he can be sweet at times.  I am hoping I can convince him to be mushy just once…for me. I won’t hold my breath, though. (And yes, I have picked out the perfect card already.)

So, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, I’ll be posting scenes and artwork in celebration of Love. Enjoy.

A Timeless Love Story

First up, is one of my favorite love stories…Beauty and the Beast. The Beast was big and scary, but there was something that I loved about him. Underneath the rough outside and anger there was someone who just wanted to be loved, but didn’t think he was lovable. Beauty on the other hand learns to love the Beast despite his looks and disagreeable personality.

The original was written in 1740 by French novelist, Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. There have been countless retellings of the story since then. Not all of the Beasts in the retellings are ugly on the outside like in the original story, but they do possess the same deep hurt of the original story. Beauty (aka Belle) on the other hand tend to be pretty with the same tender heart.

One of my favorite television portrayals is from Once Upon A Time with Belle and Mr. Gold. For as ruthless and evil as Gold is, he loves Belle. And Belle sees the sweetheart underneath all of the ruthlessness and evil. Also, Gold sets her up with a library. What girl wouldn’t want that?

For a current retelling of the story check out “A Court of Thorn and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas. I would recommend the Audible version if you’re so inclined to listen to books.

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