Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, a day of roses, chocolate and love. There are many who object to Valentine’s Day as an outward show of affection that is meaningless. The valentine propaganda is directed to selling cards, overpriced roses and expensive candy, love has nothing to do with it, they argue. Love and appreciation should be shown every day, every moment, and not on publicly appointed day endorsed by commercialism.
I consider myself, pretty level-headed and I disagree with that line of thought. To all those who oppose Valentine’s Day, I say look around you people. Read the headlines, isn’t it about time our papers were filled with messages of love and appreciation? Even if it’s for just one day that the whole world could obsess about loving and expressing your love to someone special. I say stop fighting it and join in the love celebration, God knows we have walked many a funeral cortege.
Don’t want to make hallmark rich? Write a poem and get your kids to colour in. Bake a cake at home or approach a local baker and florist, support your local economy. Yes, we don’t need a special day to express our love, we ‘should’ do it every day, just like we should be more kind, more loving, more generous, more healthy, more, ohh you get my point. A gentle reminder and a global agreement on simple things like love is a great way forward for our embittered world to heal. Hate the commercialism, well who else is going to sponsor a global movement? Promotions, banners, ads, little red hearts pasted on shopping windows, and reminders on the radio, they all cost money and I am very glad Hallmark and their buddies are footing the bill.
There are other more pressing trends to oppose to, reserve your resentment and caustic remarks for viral trends like teenagers cutting themselves, doing drugs, pornography, etc. Leave my chubby little angel with his hearts and arrows alone, he gets but one day to play cupid.
More importantly let me wake up once a year to a surprise knock on the door with a special delivery of red roses and a heart balloon. I really appreciate my gourmet dinner and walk on the beach with my husband. Yeah, we don’t have to do it on Valentine’s Day but it’s just awesome when you walk into a crowded restaurant with lovers of various age groups, holding hands, laughing, smiling, blushing and giggling. For just one day this whole world looks perfect and happy, we know the sad truth so let me have my one special day.