Measure in Love

When I was teaching in Albany, we used to do a monthly “Community Sing” and the 4th graders were often responsible for February.  So why not make 9 and 10 year olds sing LOVE songs!?!  We did a fun version of “L-O-V-E” (Nat King Cole’s song) and yet my favorite of all was “525,600 Minutes:  Seasons of Love” from the musical, Rent.  It still makes me belt and get a little sappy and goose bumpy when I hear it.

So today, in honor of the one day we “officially” focus on love, I wanted to post the lyrics to that song and a video of the cast singing it.  A reminder that even though it IS Valentine’s Day, today…each day…the year…should be measured in love.  Measured in the small moments.  Measured in cups of coffee and lessons learned.

Alex was in charge of “red fruit” for his class party on Monday….and he never needs an excuse to use a cookie cutter.  So, we popped it out and attacked the strawberries and watermelon.

We used the trusty camera to get some shots to use for their Valentines for school….

And my favorite thing was using coupon codes at 3 spots to get cards for free or $1 a piece.  Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, and Julie Ann (sold on etsy).  I love getting to create personal cards with pictures.  And for $2 total for ALL THREE cards!??!  LOVE IT.

With two young children and a budget to keep in mind, we will no doubt cash in on the 2 for 1 Peet’s Coffee special for a family outing and then cook some indulgent, rich and mouth-watering vegan/gluten-free/sugar-free dinner after the kids crash.  Maybe add in a movie?  Or Glee/New Girl/Parenthood marathon?  To me, though, as the song from Rent reminds, it really is about the minutes, moments we share.  Not the big, flashy bouquets of red roses (GAG!!!!!!!!!!!) or fancy, uncomfortable, indigestion-inducing meals out.  {Christine Edit post first publish of this post…..I LOVE flowers, folks.  I just tend to be the more bright, crazy colored odd flowers. I know I’m weird.)

Hope your day is filled with lots of love.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love? Measure in love

Seasons of love. Seasons of love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes!
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?

In truths that she learned,
Or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died.

It’s time now to sing out,
Tho’ the story never ends
Let’s celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love!
Remember the love!
Seasons of love!

Oh you got to got to
Remember the love!
You know that love is a gift from up above
Share love, give love spread love
Measure measure your life in love.

Seasons of Love.  Seasons of Love.

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