Listen, I get why people hate Valentine’s Day. Couples face the pressure of celebrating their love just right. Humans shouldn’t need a day to show people they care about how much they love them. It’s tough on single people. It’s way too commercialized. I get it, I do.
But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I kind of like Valentine’s day.
I think this is mostly thanks to my childhood. I really, really liked decorating a shoebox and passing out valentines to my classmates. I appreciated that my elementary school sold carnations as a fundraiser. I loved that my parents always bought me one. I enjoyed buying them for my friends and signing it “from your secret admirer” and I really liked that they did the same thing. I loved that my grandma, affectionately known as Dear Dear, always sent her grandchildren a Valentine’s Day card and five dollars. I like chocolates and flowers, and I have never been mad when I’ve had a guy on Valentine’s day that gifted me these things.
Of course I believe you should show the people you love that you love them every single day. Yes, love shouldn’t need to be shown through gifts. But, I don’t see any harm in taking time on February 14th to remind people to celebrate love.
And if you hate today, well, I guess the good thing is it’s just one day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!