Around Campus Editor
The day of little red hearts and cupid arrows makes me sick! Valentine’s Day, the day which loved ones honor each other, I think, makes for the dumbest holiday of the year.
In grade school, I decorated my little shoebox or paper bag in anticipation of the oncoming standard greeting cards which said, “Be mine,” “You're Cool,” “You're Awesome” or something to that effect. The days of always getting one of those pre-made cards are long gone now.
If you have some significant other(s) in your life to share the day with, it might be one of the happiest days around. Now for those without some secret admirer to honor, it may just become another day on the calendar year to cross off.
Maybe that’s why I think it’s a dumb holiday. Because in a way, I don’t feel like I should celebrate with the one I hold near and dear to my heart. After all, we just started dating, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t get anything. I just want to go at the right speed this time. When I look back at the last six years of my life, I never had a boyfriend to celebrate the day with.
So, I never got a taste of what Valentine’s Day is truly about. It makes me think the day is all about lovers and becoming intimate with one another and giving flowers, candy and cards or going to dinner.
All of that makes me look back to what a friend in high school once said to me: “Just another day for the card companies to make money.”
With a monopoly on just about every month out of the year, they seem to have it made. There is always some holiday to buy and send a card to someone. I can see her point there: that as soon as the Christmas rush ends, up goes the Valentine’s Day stuff. Not even a real breather if you ask me.
Maybe I think it’s dumb because I think you should honor the one you love everyday of the calendar year and not just on Valentine’s Day. I don’t see a need to have a special day to dedicate all to love.
After all, once Valentine’s Day is over and done with, cards will fade, flowers will die and candy will rot. What will go on is the love – the true, unconditional and everlasting love. Why celebrate all of that on just one day when it could go on for a lifetime?
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