All entries for Saturday 14 February 2009
February 14, 2009
Valentine's Day! The one day where you've got an excuse to give a rose to That Special Someone. The time of the year where even shy people get a chance to be noticed. I know that a lot of people think that Valentine's Day is stupid, but they're wrong. The 14th February is really up there in the top 5 of the Best Days of the Year, along with 24 December (Christmas), 27th of February (my birthday), 19th Spetember (International Talk Like a Pirate Day) and 14th March (Pi Day).
People may say that Valentine's Day has been over-commercialised, and that it has become all too superficial. To which I reply: what about Christmas? The perfect example of what a capitalist system can do to a pagan festivity centered on the christian message of loving, sharing and giving. And yet everyone loves Christmas. Maybe not the weeks before and after Christmas, but the day itself is a joy to most people. Why complain about Valentine's Day then? Yes, the flood of cards, stalls and rosy colours can sometimes be nauseating, but that shouldn't prevent you from enjoying the day.
If you're a girl and you sometimes get a rose on VD, you've got nothing to complain about.
If you're a girl, and you don't like VD because you never get a rose, I'm sorry. Tell me your name, I'll send you one next year. But not getting a rose doesn't mean not being loved. I imagine most girls don't get anything on VD, and are quite indifferent to it, and most guys don't spend any money on roses because the girls seem indifferent anyway. I'm sure that any girl with a male friend could indirectly make him undrstand that she'd like a rose. You have a knack for that.
If you're a boy, and you don't like VD because you never get a rose, boy are you naive! On VD, boys buy roses (chocolate, etc.) for girls, the other way round is exceptional. So get off your chair and go out there and get her something. Don't say you don't know who to give it to: there is always someone.
This year, I did something extra: I gave two roses to two random people I met. The first one was slightly puzzled, the second one was very pleased. I'll try it again next year, targeting only those who smile back. Imagine what an awesome day it would be if everyone did that!