Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I heart Valentine's Day
A lot of people think Valentine's Day is a bullshit holiday fueled by commercialism. I disagree wholeheartedly. I think we need a day to officially celebrate love. Hell, yeah, we do.
Even though today was a pressure cooker for me at work, it brought a smile to my face to see a businessman awkwardly carrying a cellophane wrapper full of grocery store flowers across the parking lot. And to see two high schoolers holding hands, solemnly walking lockstep, with the girl clutching a gift bag wallpapered with hearts.
Sure, the holiday can suck for single people or the recently dumped by shining a glaring light on their solo status, but unattached does not equal unloved. Romantic adoration is not the end all, be all.
Perhaps Valentine's only appears to be a bullshit holiday to those who see the saccharin side of romance or resent the pressure to jump through hoops like paying $100 for a dozen roses or waiting an hour for a table at P.F. Changs. So dehoop the holiday and do it your way. Have a box of wine and watch The Notebook on your Pier 1 knockoff couch for Gosling's sake.
I just remember the joy of getting cheap drugstore Valentine's cards in my handmade desk "mailbox" in second grade and would hate to think anyone could call bullshit on that. Valentine's Day gives everyone a chance to take a stand for love, to celebrate affection and human connections. I choo-choo-choose you, Valentine's! Viva la amor.