Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Hallmark Holiday

Tomorrow afternoon I'll be hopping on a plane in Seattle, and landing three hours later in Kansas City, Missouri to spend four glorious days with my boyfriend. This trip could not come at a better time. Right after a long week of midterms, projects and work, the only thing I need right now is to get away and hang with my man! Do I wish he went to school somewhere else, like... Cabo, perhaps? Sure. But I know we'll have fun despite lots of snow and freezing temperatures... we always do! Nonetheless, I won't be around to post for a few days! So, I thought I'd leave you with my most recent Valentine's Day story for The Observer (CWU's student-run newspaper). Have a good weekend, and a happy happy V-day! :)

Back when Valentine’s Day stood for candy hearts, homemade cards and holding hands at recess, I didn’t hear anyone complaining about the Hallmark holiday. It used to just be the one day of the year when your mom let you dress yourself in head-to-toe pink and your teachers let you eat so much sugar at school you thought your head was going to explode. It was a day when each student brought homemade Valentines for the rest of the kids; no one was excluded. Love was in the air and red frosting was in our stomachs.

But now, all I hear is complaints about the made-up, commercialized holiday. What happened to the fantasy and romance of February 14th? Why can’t St. Valentine exist, and who says you won’t get shot in the heart by a baby Cupid flying around in a diaper? Quite personally, I think Valentine’s Day is one of the greatest holidays ever created. It doesn’t matter if your single, dating, married, divorced, falling in love or you’ve sworn off members of the opposite sex forever.
And if you’re one of those people who hates the commercialism, then forget it! Skip the cards and candy and just take the day to love and be loved. Why not use it as an excuse to pick up the phone and tell your mom you love her? Or your roommate? Or maybe even yourself. The fun stuff is meant just for that: to be fun. But the real meaning of the day is to spread our love around. 
Whatever your thoughts on the holiday, I believe that a day dedicated to motivational candy, heart-shaped everything, and all shades of pink and red is a day to be celebrated in my book. So, Happy Valentine’s Day! Try to spread a little love this year.


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