Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day is arriving soon; couples be prepared; singles, attempt to not be scared. Valentine’s Day is a day of love. It is fun, “sweet” and a time for people to exhibit emotions of love towards one another. The history of Valentine’s Day originates from Saint Valentine, who actually sent himself a valentine greeting. According to history.com, Valentine was in prison, and was said to have fallen in love with a girl (possibly the “jailor’s daughter”) who “visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.” Valentine is recalled as being a kind, sentimental, “sympathetic,” “heroic” man. Thus, this seems to stress the emotional and loving aspect of the holiday. People should carry on the tradition of love, because it only comes around once a year. A junior at Dimond, Kate Frederick says, “I think the idea is nice–[it’s] a day to be with someone you love, but its so commercialized that it has kinda lost its meaning.” In all honesty, Frederick says, “I don’t really like it.” Frederick discusses Valentine’s Day traditions in that, “It’s really sweet—my dad gets my mom flowers—drops them off at work and it makes my mom really happy.” Frederick adds, “If I was with a guy, I’d go on a date. But, [instead] I am getting all my girlfriends together to watch movies!” This day is great for the economy. It helps mend relationships and provides a special chance for people to make up for their wrongdoings or mistakes. It is a day to indulge on chocolates and sweets, as well as spend time with someone you love. Sydney Laudon, a sophomore at Dimond, says, “I like it-—I think it’s super fun, because you can tell the person you like you like them.” She continues, with a sense of negativity, “Except it sucks for single people.” There are many people in the world who oppose the holiday, despite its good intentions. Single people are generally depicted as lonely or feel bad about themselves, which should not be the case. It is, in truth, however, a “singles awareness day.” For many, Valentine’s Day is the day that makes some wish they had somebody to share it with. The most apalling thing about this holiday, however, is the fact that people who are single mourn for a “somebody to love,” when really they have many people to share the holiday with. Valentine’s Day is not meant to be just a commercial holiday or a “singles awareness day”; it is meant for people to share and demonstrate their love for one another, regardless of who it is–a wife or a husband, boyfriends or girlfriend, close or distant friend, business associate or family or even a complete and total stranger. This day of love is not meant to make people feel bad. It is a day to let people know they are loved and cared about. Be a positive character during the Valentine holiday and spread the love.