Today was Valentine’s Day. My graduating class sold flowers for the past two weeks in the cafeteria to be delivered anonymously or not throughout the day. Additionally, several girls in my classes had gotten candy or flowers or cards for their friends. All of that was added activity to the extra doses of making out in the hallways and boyfriend-and-girlfriend exchanges that were present all day, all throughout the halls.
My boyfriend, as previous readers will know, lives far away. Approximately five hundred plus miles separate us from annoying our fellow classmates in the halls and at lunch and all day long. Consequently, it was easy for me to feel very lonely during the day; being surrounded by all this love and affection of people fortunate enough to be close to each other.
On the flip side, however, people who despised the holiday were nearly as abundant as the people who adored it. Many of the complaints are about the fact you should appreciate your loved one regardless of the day, that Valentine’s Day should be no more special than any other day of the year. A few complaints were from those single beings that feel the entire purpose of Valentine’s Day is “Single Awareness Day,” or the feeling of isolation for being single.
I do not adore or dislike Valentine’s Day. My personal feelings are that I am reminiscent of elementary days when everyone got crummy, silly themed valentines and everyone in the class got one. I like that ideal because no one’s left out.
All of this being said, the debating continued on Facebook after school and homework. My grandmother is slightly (read: incredibly) cynical regarding men and posted a Valentine’s status relating as such. Thus inspired the rant that had been building up inside of me all day long: Valentine’s Day should be taken as a day of reflection of love, romantic and non-romantic.
Thanksgiving is a holiday we celebrate in the United States to reflect all of the things we are thankful for. We usually say things like our family, friends, health and home, et cetera. Should not Valentine’s Day be treated as a day to reflect on those who we love? Our family and friends and the people in our lives that have changed us for the better are just as important as everything else. As for all of the naysayers who reason that Valentine’s Day should be no more important than any other day … Should you be any less thankful for the things in your life every other day of the year besides that fourth Thursday in November? Of course not! But it’s incredibly likely that all of you are neglectful to think of those things every day and no one speaks less of Thanksgiving for that purpose.
So take a moment now, if you would, to reflect on the love in your life. Think of your parents and siblings, aunts and uncles and cousins, grandparents … friends, teachers who have had an impact on you perhaps. Think of all of the various people that have made positive impacts in your life. Appreciate them and whatever effort they put in to you specifically.
That’s my take on Valentine’s Day. Love is not limited to your significant other or lack thereof, so why should this heavily debated holiday?