Jason C. Consolacion
Ed De La Garza
Nikie Johnson Christian
Schmidt Keenan Singleton
Happy Valentine's Day, baby
February 14 has come once again, and with it the inevitable hoopla surrounding
Some couples will celebrate their love for each other, some may realize
their love isn't quite what they thought it was, and singles will either
bemoan their lack of a significant other, not care, or thank their lucky
stars they don't have to put up with somebody's crap.
Yes, the day has become horribly over-commercialized — to the point
where it's merely a disgusting ritual of buying useless crap in a vain
effort to show your sweetie just how much you truly love her or him. Chubby
little diaper-clad men with wings will appear in droves ready to fire arrows
into any unsuspecting sap.
People selling roses and heart-shaped balloons and an assortment of
other Valentine's kitsch have crawled out of the woodwork and are selling
their wares in the Moody Towers, Oberholtzer Hall and the University Center,
catering to buyers with more money than sense.
But think of the ideas behind Valentine's Day. The love and affection
shown in such an extravagant fashion for one day a year could be divided
into small doses, making love day everyday.
Instead of expending a Herculean effort to make the "perfect night,"
try to make 365 nights a year just a little better.
Say "I love you" when (and if) you feel like it, not because it's some
special day and you feel like you should. Instead, tell that special someone
how you actually feel, even if it may not sound like a speech straight
out of fairy tales.
Too often people get so wrapped up in the material aspects of Valentine's
Day they lose sight of what's truly important. Remember why you became
involved with that person who is currently driving you crazy by buying
you those chocolates that are just going to make you fat, and dwell on
the positive, not the negative.
Don't be too disappointed if your night doesn't go as planned. It really
isn't the end of the world — and if your night going poorly affects your
relationship, then maybe, just maybe, it wasn't meant to be anyway.
Enjoy that special night, and take joy in whatever it is that you and
your partner do, because it is important to be together, no matter what
Have a good Valentine's Day, and have 364 more good days until old Feb.
14 comes around again.