"Yes, I like Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s a stupid commercialized holiday that undermines the need to maintain your relationships on a daily basis, or a shallow reminder that society considers you worthless if you haven’t partnered off in some socially acceptable relationship framework or even just a cynical excuse for greeting card companies to use up extra red ink from Christmas.
Or, you know, maybe in a culture that’s made it taboo to openly express love and loving thoughts without being suspected of ulterior motives, Valentine’s Day is one day when it’s completely socially acceptable, perhaps even encouraged, to tell the people who are important to you how much they mean.
Yeah, we should all be living our love every day. But that’s scary and the world tells us it’s weird. Not everyone is brave enough to live heart-first all the time, given the amount of pressure we’re all under to protect ourselves from one another.
I don’t agree with the “If your Valentine’s Day doesn’t include the presentation of expensive chocolates, rare flowers, and a berzillion-carat diamond over a twelve-course dinner followed by twelve hours of fabulous sex in a moonlit gondola steered by trained Siberian tigers, you’re obviously not doing it right” mentality, but I can totally get behind “If you’re uncomfortable expressing genuine emotion without an ‘excuse’ to do it, then here’s an excuse you can use to say something you’ve been wanting to say to someone in your life.”
Also, I like the little chalk hearts with funny messages. Those crack me up.”