I don’t get Valentine’s Day.
I don’t get the super-hyped-up Hallmark aspect, or the “omg we’re so in love” aspect, or even (especially?) the vitriolic “I’m single and I hate Valentine’s Day” aspect.
Part of this might be because someone in my immediate family has a birthday today—I’m used to February 14th being BIRTHDAY CAKE AND PRESENTS day rather than ROSES AND ROMANCE day. It’s just never really been on my radar.
But I think the main reason I don’t get it is because it seems to be the only holiday you can “win.”
“My boyfriend got me roses!”
“That’s cool! My boyfriend got me roses and made dinner reservations at the new French Bistro.”
“Fuck you both, I’m still single.”
It’s obvious who in this fake conversation “wins” Valentine’s Day and who “loses.” And the thing about 2/14 is that it’s always obvious. Maybe someone can win Christmas, but it’s a much fuzzier set of rules; every family has different standards and traditions. Nobody can win the Fourth of July. But for 2/14 there seem to be set standards defining who wins and who loses, and it just seems to make everyone cranky. Advertising and the media make it even worse:
Relationship people! Here are things you can do to win! Spend money!
Single people! Here are ways to get someone before the 14th! Don’t let your friends win!
Lame single people! Here are ways to be less lame and take back the day! You won’t suck quite as much!
And man I feel sorry for the boyfriends who know this day is important but don’t know what they’re supposed to do to win.
So yeah. I don’t really do Valentine’s Day, either mushy romance or “grr I hate everything.” But I did wear some special Valentine’s Day accessories.
Anyway. I hope you all have a great day regardless or whether you win or lose or care at all, and let me know in the comments if you agree with me on this or think I’m full of shit! :)
(hint: I am never full of shit.)