It appears that love is in the air as Valentine’s Day this year falls in term time and not during half term. Students seem to be wandering around with roses, balloons and copious amounts of chocolate. Although I am not sure about all of these extravagant displays of affection I do know we could all do to feel a little love just at the moment. As storm after storm (all alphabetically named of course) hit our shores the news is rather depressing. So many families are struggling with floods and the emergency services working around the clock to try and keep people safe.
The news of a new virus about to hit our shores is also becoming a little more relentless. It appears as if the global community is keeping its fingers crossed that nothing bad will happen ‘here’.
So as the storms are battering and there is potential illness around the corner I am pleased that our young people have seized Valentine’s Day as a day to laugh and send each other messages of affection. As C. S. Lewis put it: “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.” Maybe this is a message that we should all be adopting. We know that challenging times always bring out the best and worst in our communities. Let us hope that the young people in our schools can show us how it is done and bring a little cheer in a rather dark and gloomy month.