Valentine's Day, read all about it!
Hey, in case you didn't know, Valentine's day is next Thursday, still on February 14th. I say that facetiously like it hasn't been droned into the heads of every girl, teen and woman since it's inception. It's not that Valentine's day holds this magical power and it's the one day you're loved more so than other days. It's almost inherent, transcending age,race, religion or sexual preference. It's just the idea that you are someone's love and priority and that they are willing to show it to you and the world...at least one day a year.
The origin of Valentine's day is iffy at best and open to interpretation. It is celebrated in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.
Personally, I'm undecided on as to whether it's a legitimate holiday, or merely merchants cashing in. A Marketer's dream. In the United States alone, over $18 billion is spent. Yes, that's billion, as in dollars. Perhaps I am jaded, but if you love someone, shouldn't you tell them everyday, not just because society dictates mid February you should do so? As for flowers, I'm sure they're nice but spending $50+ for something that will die in two days seems frivolous to me. A mass produced greeting card because your love is exactly like the one billion other people that got one? Yes, that's an actual estimation of how many are sent on an annual basis, second only to Christmas. Card-giving is one of the oldest of the Valentine's traditions, dating back to the early 1700's. Chocolate, hold up, that one may have merit, so let's not go crazy and discount all forms of showing your sweetheart how much they mean to you...
I am no different than any other woman in regards to the idealism of what this day represents, so don't anyone think I am anti-Valentine's day. I am not. What I am is realistic. I won't be loved more because it's February 14th, nor will I be loved any less if it passes by without mention. Just being loved is gift enough.