Embrace Your Romantic Side

Casey Miller, News Editor

There are two types of people: those who appreciate and enjoy Valentine’s Day and likely have someone with whom to celebrate it, and those who hate it and believe it’s all one big Hallmark marketing scheme.

I do not appreciate that some people make this romantic holiday about “Singles Awareness Day” (S.A.D.), even going as far as to change their Facebook profile picture to a S.A.D. logo.

Why degrade a centuries-long tradition of  love to a corporate ploy to sell as many singing teddy bears as possible?  It’s like claiming that the purpose of Halloween is for Hershey’s to profit, rather than give kids a night to bond. Actually, what is the purpose of Halloween?

Anyway, I love Valentine’s Day.

I love seeing couples giving each other glittery plush animals, heart-shaped cards, and boxed dark chocolate. While we are just teenagers with raging hormones and obnoxious crushes, we can care deeply for each other, and there is no better time to express that than on Valentine’s Day.

I admit that I tend to romanticize the idea of Valentine’s Day.

Couples ignore social etiquette in expressing their love for each other, and that’s a beautiful thing. Whether old or young, gay or straight, married or single, people should celebrate this holiday together.

Holidays should be experienced without excluding people just because of their relationship status. Single ladies (and men) can participate, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Go confess your love for that guy in second period Spanish. Make that soccer player a red-and-pink card for her big game this weekend, and don’t be afraid to add “Love, John.”

Give in to your impulses this Valentine’s Day.

If not, just go buy some discounted Valentine’s Day candy the day after.