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Welcome to Flock of Broads. Here you will find the musings of five smart gals affectionately called "The Flock", all currently based in Minneapolis, MN. From pie crusts to parties, beard oil to Beyoncé, fashion to fat pants, we cover life as we know it and even a few things in between. Pull up a chair and stay a while.

A Pragmatic View of February 14th

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A Pragmatic View of February 14th

Kate Sommers

I’ve never been much of a Valentine’s Day celebrator. Hearts were not my preferred shape, I find red roses to be quite meh, and succumbing to traditional whims does not fit into my personal M.O.. I have always felt that a thoughtful gift anytime of the year is much more touching than opening a small box on February 14th.

Then I had kids.

The thoughtful gifts throughout the year began being directed toward my children and quiet conversation between my husband and I become more and more scarce. Suddenly I find my pragmatic heart melting at the sight of take home projects from daycare, and die a thousand deaths every time a little boy spontaneously utters “I wub you mama”. So what is wrong with a commercialized holiday that encourages us to tell those we love that we do, indeed, love them? As it turns out, the only thing wrong with that were the feelings I had surrounding it.

This Valentine’s day I encourage you to take a nod from your favorite cynic; spread the love, tell those you love how much you love them one more time… And yes, you have my permission to do it with pizza.