Valentine’s Day is here! Yeah!! . . . .
Such sentiments are why we need a sarcasm font (which I have decided inventing and getting adopted needs to be my new goal in life). I could list a lot of reasons why a sarcasm font is needed here.
- Valentine’s Day is a totally made up holiday. It’s named after a Saint that went to jail – how romantic.
- I heard a commercial that said “tired of the traditional dinner and a movie date.” Does everything have to be extravagant nowadays?
- Should we really reserve one day a year for telling people how much we care about them? That flies against the all the “seize the day” logic the Internet is famous for.
- Chocolate is NOT to be regulated to one day a year. Period.
And by now you might be thinking “You just hate Valentine’s Day because you’re single.” Both of those things are true, yes, but I’m not sure they’re exclusive.
I remember being in college and wearing a bright red shirt and walking about telling everyone to have a happy “VAL-entine’s Day” (get it? cause my name is Val? Get it? Oh, I crack myself up!) and smiling all the time. Then I was putting on a brave front; I wanted to be in a relationship. Valentine’s Day made me sad.
Don’t get me wrong, I still want that – though growing up means less drama to go along with it. I don’t feel like my world is ending because there’s no one to buy me dinner. I can buy my own damn dinner – and often do (I’m kick-ass company if you must know).
No, this year I just wish it wasn’t so hard. I have great family and friends, don’t get me wrong, I just wish sometimes I wasn’t the one that had the burden of the effort. I wish I wasn’t the one who always had to remember – scheduling, emailing, texting, facebooking, etc, etc, etc. For one day I’d like to be the person who hears “Just wanted to tell you I was thinking about you – hope you’re doing awesome!” I want to be the person that gets emails instead of sends them. I want to know that I crossed someone’s mind.
That’s why Valentine’s Day – no matter how overpriced, cloyingly sweet, and stunted – still has hold of people. Because the dinners and flowers and jewelry – what they’re really saying is “I Care.” And that’s something everyone needs to hear every once and awhile. Everyone.