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Calling all singles, reclaim next year’s Valentine’s Day

Hecker is a first-year magazines and writing double major and can be contacted at emily.hecker@drake.edu

It all started with a Facebook post. Actually, it all started in the second century, but that’s beside the point. For the purpose of this article, I’ll focus on the more current definition and celebration of Valentine’s Day.

As we recover from chocolate-filled stupors and the furry embrace of stuffed animals, perhaps it is time to reflect on what exactly this holiday means (or should mean). Shortly before the big V-Day this year, I was privy to a Facebook friend’s rant about how Feb. 14 is just a day for singles to lament their lack of a significant other. That same friend proceeded to fume over never having received chocolates, flowers or a personalized love song offered to her by a gentleman on this day of love. Having never shared the day with a beau, she had reached the conclusion that Valentine’s Day is a ridiculous holiday to be avoided at all costs.

How many of us have at one point entertained the thought that Feb. 14 can only be celebrated in the loving arms of a significant other? I will admit that I was once a victim of that wavelength. Society, as a whole, does tend to put more value in relationships rather than being single. If “Twilight” were a story of a clumsy brunette claiming her independence from her vampire lover, would it have sold as many books, tickets or Team Edward shirts? Doubtful.

Though being half of a lovey-dovey pair may be enjoyable, should couples be the only ones who take pleasure in Valentine’s Day? My Magic 8 Ball says, “My reply is no.” If you won’t accept my claim in this matter, there can be no argument against the mystical powers of the Magic 8 Ball.

For me, Valentine’s Day is about something more than having a sweetheart to share it with. It’s about having someone to share it with — period. That person could be a family member or a friend. Heck, that person doesn’t even need to be a person. Share the day with a pet cat, dog or iguana. Chances are, they’d like to enjoy some Conversation Hearts, too.

Some of you may even contend that celebrating with roses and big gestures is not for you, regardless of the holiday. That’s perfectly fine. There are dozens of ways to express your love that don’t necessarily come in floral form. Don’t fear the V-Day because you prefer a less traditional expression of affection. Forge a new path of celebration if that’s what tickles your fancy.

There are plenty of ways to engage in Valentine’s Day, no matter what your relationship status is. Right here on campus, “Pyscho” was being shown as an alternative to engaging in love-filled frolicking. An unconventional event, yes, but I have a feeling Norman Bates would have wanted to share the love on Valentine’s Day, most likely with his mother.

The bottom line is that your single status doesn’t mean that heart-shaped balloons and mushy greeting cards should make you dive for cover under your bed. Don’t worry if you lack a special someone in your life. Embrace the love of Valentine’s Day with whomever you love in your life. Next year, I challenge each and every one of you to take a moment on Feb. 14 to tell someone in your life that you love and appreciate him or her.

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