Valentine’s Day: Hate It: In A Relationship

Ia Balbuena-Nedrow, Editor

Valentine’s Day is loved by many and is often the highlight of the year by those with significant others. However, I am not one of these people. It’s not that I am a hater of love and affection- I like affection, and I like flowers, and chocolate. But, I don’t see why inter-relation appreciation has to be designated to one single day of the year. In regards to approaching Valentine’s Day from the standpoint of a relationship, there is a sense of expectation and a necessity of a date or day of special shared moments. Valentine’s Day not only excludes and casts shame on those who are single, either by choice or not, but it also allows for laziness in a relationship, and accepts unoriginality, because “she made up for it by taking me out to a really nice dinner and bought me roses,” or “he sprinkled a bunch of flower petals around an expensive box of chocolates.” There would be much more meaning behind a spontaneous date out of the blue. Not only would that prove to be much more meaningful, but also show how much one values the sentimentality of the relationship. Back to the expectations- if those expectations are not met and one pair of the couple’s ends up disappointed then it can cause conflict in a relationship inevitably driving an uncomfortable wedge between a couple. For example, when you bought a rose for your “sweetheart” and you’re sitting in class when a peer dressed as cupid frolics in and delivers literally everyone and their mother roses except for the only person in the room who’s in a relationship: You. You (I) have totally been there before (true story). Then, you sit there bitterly disappointed and say “This blows.” The moral of the spiel is appreciate your significant other- no matter the day of the year.