Friday, February 6, 2015

Different Takes on Valentine’s Day by Patricia Forsythe

A holiday that celebrates love is a good thing, right?  Even if it has turned into a day to gladden the hearts of chocolate manufacturers around the world.  Even if some of the sayings in Valentine’s cards are so corny that if you gave one to your significant other, that loved one would roll on the ground guffawing loudly.  You can say these things to little kids under the age of eight.  They already know you say corny things.

 For example:

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day to the Sweetest Valentine I could want.  You are my sweetheart and I’m glad you’re mine.  Or maybe that last word was ‘wine’.  It’s hard to tell from the extravagant printing on the card I was looking at.

They who love are but one step from heaven. James Russell Lowell (Well, okay, he was an American Romantic poet, so maybe we can give him a pass on the flowery language).

For the past few years, however, I’ve seen a disturbing trend in Valentine’s Day cards.  Some of them have a decidedly dark, and even self-centered message.

More examples:

I’m so excited for Valentine’s Day.  All the chocolate is gonna be on sale.

Valentine’s Day sucks!

Happy Singles Awareness Day

Obviously, some people look at the holiday as a good thing and some as a bad thing, but these sound like someone has a severe attitude problem.  My take on this is that days which celebrate love are worthwhile because, truly, no one is ever single unless they choose that sad state.  There is always someone who needs and deserves your love, compassion, and caring.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be only about receiving love.  It can be about giving it, too.  And you can always share your chocolate.


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  1. Such a nice reminder that the season isn't about giving chocolates or wine, but expressing love to another, even if it's only the clerk who checks you in at the gym. Be grateful for those in your life.

  2. I think we all need to be reminded about what's important. I'm going to a funeral today for someone I used to teach with. She was a wonderful person and I regret that we lost touch over the years.

  3. I've never been a big follower of Valentine's Day but agree, it does serve as a reminder about what's important, and that has to be a good thing.