No one even talks about the Saint behind Saint Valentine’s Day, ain’t nobody got time for a Roman saint from the past. Hallmark’s here to sell overpriced cards and trinkets no one needs or uses. Everyone’s too busy posting pictures on social media of “romantic” gestures done by their partners, who have succumbed to peer pressure and have taken out a loan in order to buy two dozen roses from Flexotica and dinner for two at some fancy shmancy hotel restaurant. The super “romantic” of those folks have also take out a second loan in order to buy a sparkly diamond ring for a not-cliché-at-all Valentine’s Day proposal in front of all their friends. The friends are there not because they want said friends there, but who else is going to Snapchat and Insta-stories the whole thing? (Take that Janette in grade 7 who said no boy would ever love me!) If a boyfriend gives roses to his girlfriend and she doesn’t post it on Facebook, did he really give her roses or not? Then come the brands that want to jump on the romance train. If I see another “surprise” proposal orchestrated by marketers on Facebook, I will take cupid’s arrows and stab the people with them.
Nothing about this holiday translates to love for me. It all seems to be about other people and showing off. Romantic gestures from a partner are lovely, but why must it be publicized? Why must you rub your relationship in Janette from Grade 7’s face?
I’m not trying to refrain people from celebrating Valentine’s Day, this is a free(ish) country, but I am urging you (my kind reader) to be more thoughtful with your actions. Instead of two-dozen red roses from an overpriced flower shop, go for on simple rose; better yet, go for a bouquet of her favorite flowers. Instead of diamonds, go for something more meaningful and personalized. Last but not least, instead of posting a whole album of your romantic Valentine’s Day, stick to one photo, and if you really care, don’t post anything at all. Love is not measured by the number of likes and comments a photo gets on Instagram, but you can never go wrong with a romantic poem.
Roses are red,
violets are blue,
they’re both expensive
so I’m getting neither for you
Happy Valentine’s Day folks!
I WILL LOVE, OVER AND OVER, NO MATTER WHAT