Monday, February 11, 2013
Why I Hate Valentine's Day
And yes, I know hate is the opposite of what should be celebrated on Valentine's Day.
Alas, the fact remains that I HATE it. With a passion!
I think it all started in elementary school, where we had to make Valentine's cards for our classmates. I hated having to write out all of the cards, specifically the cards for the kids I didn't particularly like. So became the daunting task of reading each cheap card that came in the pack, and rate which one went to each classmate.
And then there's the whole "making of the card box" chore. I, to this day, still hate doing this! I am extremely craft challenged, and find constructing a pretty box out of a recycled shoebox difficult. I never got it "just" right.
Now that I'm the parent, I have to suffer through my kiddos going through the same frustration. And getting the right cards and candy for each classmate, and help them make their own box. Last year, Lucy did her own with duct tape, and it was AMAZING. Well, the amazing part was that I didn't have to do it. Score!
****Note to self, go stock up on duct tape for this year's boxes****
But seriously, I think the most important reason I hate February 14th is because of what it represents in today's society. It's a day set aside to show love to those you care about.
But... isn't LOVE and APPRECIATION something that should be done EVERY SINGLE DAY?
Valentine's Day makes it all so obligatory.
With that being said, if I get a card on Valentine's day from you, I will appreciate it, and say "thank you." However, if I get a card from you totally out of the blue saying that you are thinking of me on a day that you don't necessarily have to think of me because it is not February 14th, I will appreciate it even more. It shows that you are thinking of me, not because the calendar (or the countless Hallmark commercials on TV) remind you to do so, but that you are doing it of your own will. And that makes my heart happy.