Fair warning: This post will offend some people. If you don't like it, don't read it. Or read it, and then post an angry comment. Or start your own blog to complain about my blog. I don't care. The point is, these are MY feelings. Word.
So, there are a few things about Valentine's Day that really bug the shit out of me. Don't get me wrong - I actually like Valentine's Day. It's not my favorite holiday, but I think it's a fun way to show people you care about them. But some people or things really rub me the wrong way on February 14th every year.
1) Engagements. Okay, I get it. It's a romantic holiday and you want to embrace that with some huge romantic gesture. But really? Be more original, FCOL! Unless it just so happens that you met/started dating on a Valentine's Day or something incredibly meaningful happened on Feb 14th at some point in your past together, there's NOTHING romantic about a V-Day proposal. Tons and tons of other couples are doing the same exact thing. And even if it comes from your heart and you're truly in love, it just seems too easy. Make some other random day special, and then you can really look back on that together.
2) "Every day is Valentine's Day with my sweetie!" Yes, we know, you're madly in love and every day is wonderful, but seriously? Get over it. I love my husband dearly, and he is wonderful to me, but that does NOT make every day Valentine's Day. Do I look forward to each day with him? Sure! But there's something nice about a day to do something different or special just because. Also, you sound really cheesy saying something like this and it's bound to make people cranky with you. Just saying.
2b) An alternate to this one is something like, "I don't need a holiday to show how much I love (fill-in-the-blank)!" Often this is along the same lines, but also tends to scream, "My significant other didn't get me anything, so I'm going to make it seem like I really don't care by playing it cool!" You care. You SO care.
3) "Valentine's Day sucks." Way to sound like a joyless person who wants everyone else to be miserable with you. It doesn't actually make you cool to dislike a holiday. And all your friends will likely just think you're a sad, lonely individual who couldn't get a date for Valentine's Day OR that you've become so jaded that nothing they can say or do will ever make you feel better. Neither sounds particularly like someone I want to hang out with. But that's me.
I guess I shouldn't say that these people are all morons. They probably aren't. Many of them are just hopeless romantics or have been scorned too much to appreciate the day. But some of them are just idiots. Proposing on V-Day because you can't come up with anything better? Trying to make yourself feel better by writing off an otherwise sweet notion of a holiday? Bah humbug much?
How about you just go buy a box of chocolates, find a good movie, and enjoy the day. No matter who you are, chances are you love SOMEONE, so celebrate that, whether it's your best friend, your pet, your family... It doesn't matter! Celebrate love. It makes the world go 'round. :-)