So I walk into the grocery store the other day, and this is what I see:
And I was like, “Whoa!!” I start laughing and whip out my camera. And people start staring. What’s so funny? they look at me.
What’s so funny? Can’t you see??!!
I spoke last year of my distaste for Valentine’s Day. “Roses are red, violets are blue. Sugar is sweet, and so are you . . . There. Are you happy now?” is what I said. I was single at the time, and some mistook this as a lament. “There, there,” they said. “Someday your prince will come!” But what they didn’t understand (what I didn’t make clear) is that I dislike Valentine’s Day PERIOD. Whether I’m single or in a relationship has nothing to do with it. Why?
Here are five reasons Valentine’s Day sucks:
- It’s forced. Romance is supposed to be fun, carefree, and spontaneous. Nothing says “I love you” better than, “Oh sh_t! It’s Valentine’s Day!”
- It’s too commercialized. Chocolate, teddy bears, roses, red and pink hearts, cheesy cards . . . Really? That shows love, people? No wonder more than 50 percent of marriages fail.
- There’s too much pressure — on both couples and singles. When you’re single, Valentine’s Day serves only as a reminder that you’re single — that you’re (supposedly) missing out on that “other half” of life. (As if you can’t live a fulfilling life on your own . . .) When you’re in a relationship, it’s that, “Oh, sh_t! It’s Valentine’s Day!” again. “What can I do to make this year special?”
- There’s too much pressure on guys. Roses, hearts, chocolate . . . Diamonds, necklaces, dinner . . . When was the last time you saw a Valentine’s Day ad featuring football and a movie (or whatever)? Don’t we girls owe it to our guys to show them how much we love them, too?
- Roses die. And pink and red and candy hearts are gross. Enough said.
Still not convinced? Check out this hilarious clip from Saturday Night Live. I’m having a hard time embedding the video into this post, so please, click on the link. You won’t regret it!!
So there you have it: My thoughts on Valentine’s Day. Care to share yours?
Note: For those who may think my thoughts harsh, I will add that my birthday falls very closely to Valentine’s Day. Incidentally, so does my boyfriend’s. That’s one reason that, for us, Valentine’s Day is a lot of pressure all at once.
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