I didn't anticipate any negative reactions. After all, we had good intentions, and who couldn't use a little love? But, on a busy workday, you never know...
I am happy to report that the responses to our valentines were overwhelmingly positive! The majority of valentine recipients were excited, and a few even seemed taken aback by the kind gesture. As I delivered the valentines, I told each recipient that we at The Light of the Heart wanted to spread some love around the community in honor of Valentine’s Day. One recipient gratefully
told me, "We [the staff] can definitely use some love around here!" I replied, "You can never have too much!"
Another gracious recipient gave me a tour of her facility, since I am new to the Aurora area. Many
lovely people struck up a conversation with me, asking me about art therapy, my internship, and even about my commute from Northwest Indiana! Many told me that they would pass the valentine around the office, or hang it in the break room so that everyone had a chance to see it. How cool is that?
The few negative reactions I received were actually not negative at all. These recipients seemed to be expressing their confusion as to why I was there, and why I was giving out valentines. Although these recipients seemed more puzzled than anything, they were still kind and thanked me. No one refused a valentine.
Overall, this was a positive experience for me. The valentines were welcomed and appreciated by the majority of those that received them, and I am happy to report that The Light of the Heart brought
smiles to many faces this Valentine’s Day! : )
Clinical Art Therapy Intern