My Relationship with Valentine’s Day

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I’ve almost never met anyone that straight up hated Valentine’s Day. I know people who celebrate Galentine’s Day, Palentine’s Day, and Anne Howard Shaw Day. I know people who love to hate Valentine’s Day: they love to watch scary movies, complain about commercialism, and make fun of diamond ring advertisements. And I know people who, like myself, love Valentine’s Day. If you want to know why I love February 14th, I wrote a guest post about it for the blog The Rose and Chestnut. It’s a little sappy, but if feeling vulnerable is the mark of internet success, I think it is a successful post. 

I almost had my good feelings about Valentine’s Day squashed this morning. I’ve had the flu this week, but had to shovel the driveway to get to work this morning. Thirty minutes in I wasn’t halfway through the shoveling and was begining to feel fluey, when a man in a truck with a plow on it drove up like my knight in shining armor and finished the job for me. It was a Valentine’s Day miracle.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Feel free to prove my theory of people not hating (but instead loving to hate) the holiday wrong.

9 thoughts on “My Relationship with Valentine’s Day

  1. I’m pretty ambivalent to the day, honestly. Don’t love it, don’t hate it, but am interested in following people’s feelings about it. I’m going to check out your guest post!

  2. I love that my Valentine from you came ON valentines day morning. Nice timing!

    I normally love/like it or at least respect it. This year I hated the lead-up, but it was fine once we got to the day. Usually I like to get the girls I’ve counseled at camp together to write and mail secret valentine’s (part corny pickup lines, part serious), but I haven’t been there in two years, so…

    I would rather have this holiday in society than not, though after 25 Valentine’s without That Valentine, patience wore a little thin this year.

    1. I’m glad the timing worked out! I was worried they would be late. I totally hear you about not being a huge fan this year. After I wrote this post, I wondered if it seemed too much in favor of forcing your feelings to be positive. If Valentine’s day bums you out, it might be for the best not to pretend to love it but to let yourself experience that emotional reaction (advice I rarely take, because I might be more comfortable with the fake it ’til you make it approach).

  3. I can’t decide if I love or hate it myself. I have had years when it’s been awful and I thought ugh. Then years where I liked it. Last year a lot happened to me family wise and you know what? Then every holiday became special. Just have the chance to call someone who is your friend or family and be able to just say Happy Valentine’s Day is wonderful.

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