My husband is a much better gift-giver than I am. He is always thoughtful and personalizes gifts in a way that I feel very considered and special. For Valentine's Day, he got me fudge hearts and some roses, but not just your ordinary vase of roses--some cool mini parade rose-bushes that I can plant outside later. I let them sit outside yesterday to give them some full sun, and our dog Padme was so interested in them. They must smell like some sort of food, hah.
Annnyway. My husband's thoughtful gift giving is just one of the ways he so often gives "proofs of love" (I stole that phrase from Gretchen Rubin). Even though I already know he loves me, it still warms my heart to hear him say so, or to receive a special gift or note from him.
I think about my daughter, too, that she often swells with pride upon getting "proofs" of our love. Special cuddles while watching Phineas & Ferb together, extra snuggle time before bed, little thumbs ups or winks when she's being brave on the playground, and especially hearing us say what we love about her--these little things leave her smiling as she plays or gets ready for bed.
It's not enough for us to assume that everyone we love knows just how much we love them and what we love best about them. We need to give proofs of love, give proofs of appreciation, give proofs of thought and consideration to our loved ones.
I'm working on it, and aspiring to one day match my hubby in gift-giving ability. Or even outdo him! Ah, now I'm just dreaming.
What about you? Do you appreciate proofs of love? Do you find it easy or difficult to give proofs of love to those you care about? I think some people can feel like giving proofs of love can be little forced or fake-ish, especially when tied to a commercialized holiday--but I don't think the receiver ever feels that way. What do you think?