Initially, the idea is a nice one. Spend one day getting flowers and candy and going out to fancy restaurants with the person/people you love.
But at what cost? We've given in to a purely commercialized holiday where everything is blaring shades of pink and red, stylized hearts permeate every surface, and actions are sterilized of meaning. It's a day where you can give someone a card and piles of heart shaped candy and be done with your responsibilities, whether there is actual thought behind your actions or not. And for people who are single... it's a really sucky reminder that they don't have a romantic endeavor.
For these reasons and others, my boyfriend and I aren't big fans of Valentine's day. Just mention the phrase around him and he'll start ranting and raving to the point where you get a little scared. I think it's fun when you can stop taking it seriously though. If you let go of all the hype and just embrace seeing your friends happy and inhale a few extra calories labeled "miss you" and "be mine"... there's no harm in that. And there's no point in being miserable on purpose.
Besides, my mom mailed me a big box of candy!
I'm going to be on SUCH a sugar high during my classes the next few days... that isn't even all the boxes of candy hearts, there's one on my desk right now (half empty).
Oh, and here I am wearing the necklace I talked about before from souldier!
It's simply fantastic, even better in person. I had to strike a funny pose because my face looks aweful from a morning full of allergies... my room is a little dusty with all the fleece fuzz floating around. More sewing projects are in the works!
Happy valentine's day, whether you like it or not :P