Student offers opinion on Valentine’s Day
The moment that I declared to the world that I do not like chocolate was the moment I knew I would never be able to enjoy holidays the way “normal” people do.
A highly anticipated day is coming upon us and I, the oddball that I am, love conversation hearts, while most others use those conversation starters to get a date. Please note: I also am one of three people in the world that like Peeps for Easter, candy corn for Halloween and candy canes for Christmas.
Back to the topic, Valentine’s Day is basically a reason to go out and spend money on candy (chocolate), flowers and maybe, even dinner.
The sad truth of Feb. 14 is that we need a recognized day to remind us to love the people around us and not take them for granted.
Many of my friends and schoolmates get bent out of shape over the sentimental day, as they claim “I have no Valentine. I am going to be alone forever.” Obviously, that statement is dramatized, as we are only in high school and probably have not yet met our so-called soulmates.
Instead of getting upset over an issue like that, why don’t we do something special for a family member or a friend? That is what the holiday should be about; showing endearment toward someone who matters, such as siblings, parents or grandparents.
People who have a significant other on V-day feel as though they have to step up last year’s performance, or in most cases, the restaurants and gifts they choose to buy.
This holiday does have several positives in my eyes though. I am sure we all have probably read those stories in which a couple has been married for some 40 years, and every Valentine’s Day they go to the same restaurant and sit in the same booth, I have no problem admitting that is cute.
I cannot say the idea of this romantic holiday is horrible, but I can say it is overrated.
Most enjoy this holiday for the warm and sugary feeling received from being loved, but maybe we should try to express love toward those we care for.