The Heart of the Matter


A thousand years ago or something Hallmark came up with the perfect way to make money. They created a holiday that was all about giving cards and chocolate to your significant other. They decided to name it after some even older and a far deader dude to make sure that people thought the day had more significance than just being about giving chocolates and stuffed animals. It can be a fun holiday if you don’t take it too seriously. Also the sales on chocolate the day after are amazing. The glorious chocolate filled valley between Valentine’s Day and Easter is perhaps the best time of the year for getting your sugar high.

The holiday also comes during the ratings sweepiest time of the year so you are also confronted with every television programs take on how to celebrate the holiday. There are sweeping gestures and huge gifts. There are even a bunch of high schoolers singing silly love songs. The whole thing becomes too much for the singletons out there, some of whom decide to don all black and refuse to acknowledge that anything at all is going on. The whole thing can get kind of sickening.

The singles aren’t the only ones with the stress. If you do happen to have the mythic partner, you are confronted with a lot of choices to make. How to celebrate and what to give can solidify or destroy a relationship. It can be treacherous waters that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

So good luck finding the right thing to do today. You a thousand or so years of capitalistic tradition in your corner. I’m sure you will make the most of it. And if you screw up, you can always eat tons and tons of chocolate tomorrow.

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14 thoughts on “The Heart of the Matter”

  1. I used to give the kid some chocolate or a small gift, now we pretty much ignore it. Hard to do though when my whole office area looks like a Valentine’s bordello. He really has to stop with the decorations.

  2. Me and Amanda took my parents out to dinner on Saturday for Valentine’s Day. No, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your parents is not pathetic. It’s awesome. Yeah… awesome.

  3. I see even grammer Nazi’s dont take a holiday on the VD holiday.

    I hate VD, with a passion. BAH HUMBUG. I’m just gonna spend all day sitting here hating the totally corporate and guilty-inducing made up holiday. Bah-HUMbug, I say!

  4. I AM ALWAYS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE OTHER PERSON SO I ALWAYS GO FIRST! EVEN WHEN I’M WALKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH JESUS LEAVING ONLY ONE SET OF FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND I SAY ME AND JESUS! DEAL WITH IT!

  5. They happen twice a week. But I’ll never go. Being picked last for kickball is a hard enough thing to get over. I can’t even imagine the comparative thing happening there.

  6. There was a party? What party? What did I miss?

    Meh, It’s Valentine’s Day, I’m single and I couldn’t be happier. Just another day people, nothing to see here.

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