Valentine's Day: Close to Your Heart?

Love it or hate it...Valentine's Day is creeping up on us again.

You’ve seen it edging in through your peripheral vision. It’s creeping into every CVS, Walgreens, and other big-name stores. Every day is bringing us a little bit closer.

That’s right—Valentine’s Day is coming up, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it! Besides the stores’ gaudy displays, other telltale Valentine signs include behaviors like these:

  • People who work in said stores are beginning to froth at the mouth (which could be a good or bad thing),
  • all the single people keep looking blankly at walls and sighing, and
  • all the people in relationships are starting to get this panicked gleam in their eyes.

Sounds pretty negative, right? For many, it’s a terrible holiday filled with
last-minute shopping or loneliness. Or both. (Getting a chick flick and a pint
of Ben and Jerry’s can be expensive.)

Truth be told, I quite enjoy Valentine’s Day. People cannot seem to accept that.

Some think it’s because I have a significant other who I can spoil and who will
spoil me in return. Nope.

Others think it’s because I’m a girl and that guys are pressured to get me things.


Woo! You’re funny.

Seriously, though. The fact that I have two x chromosomes does little for me come February 14th.

I like Valentine’s Day because it’s an excuse to feel warm and fuzzy over nothing
at all.

It’s an excuse to give your friends candy and tacky paper cards.

It’s an excuse to decorate any and every surface with pink and red hearts.

It’s an excuse to send or receive flowers in the gloomiest month of the year.

And guess what? If you really can’t stand this holiday—as in,I-would-rather-become-part-of-an-untouched-jungle-tribe-than-celebrate-this level of dislike—then guess what? It happens during the shortest month of the year, which just so happens to occur during the season with the shortest days.

Andif you’re still sour about the whole affair, the day right after is
International Break-Up Day.

Everybody wins!


Rachel Nutt

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