Loving Your Neighbors

In the middle of a busy schedule and with all the accoutrements of Valentine’s Day going on around campus yesterday, a small group of students got to do something unique.  Members of the Fleetones, our male, student-led a capella group, and most of the cast of my J-term jazz show walked over to the retirement center in Due West to sing for their Valentine’s Dinner.  The Fleetones and jazz group alternated singing love songs to the residents, hitting such classics as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (The Andrews Sisters), “For the Longest Time” (Billy Joel), and “I’ll Be Seeing You”.  Another group on campus, the Athenian women’s literary society, served them dinner after the performance.

The entertainment only lasted about 45 minutes, but it was such a pleasure to be able to serve the residents, because they were so appreciative and clearly enjoyed the performance.  On a day like Valentine’s Day it is easy to get too wrapped up in your relational status – either a special someone or feeling like you don’t have someone to celebrate with.  Singing was a reminder that love comes in many more forms than just the romantic, and we all exchanged a great, warm love with the sweet men and women for whom we performed.  What a great reminder that this holiday is not just for romantic relationships, but for everyone special in our lives, including the One who loves us more than anyone else could.

However you celebrated, Happy Valentine’s Day!