Well here it is, that commercially sponsored day where we’re expected to believe if we’re single, and not on a date tonight, we are unloved on all other days, cursed to spend the remainder of your days on this planet, alone. If you’re in a relationship, one of us is to expect a marriage proposal, and if that fails to happen then perhaps it’s time to ditch that person and move onto someone else, (after binge eating the drastically discounted chocolates the day after Valentines). If already married, then over priced chocolates, flowers and a card with a heart-felt, love poem hand written had better make an appearance on this day or there will be hell to pay.
And it’s not just for adults, children are judged by their peers by how many valentine cards they receive, the more you have then obviously the more popular you are and liked. Seems silly doesn’t it? But this has a much darker aspect because the less popular you are, the more likely you’ll be bullied by those holding the most valentines.
So why do we do this? Why do fall for this trap, well, it’s difficult to avoid the adverts, the conditioning, brain washing is everywhere, TV, magazines, it’s splashed all over the internet, and even if you switch off all forms of entertainment you at some point, between the beginning of the year and now will have to go out, to the shops, to work,etc., and there you will have St. Valentine shoved into your face and he’s shouting SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!
Associating St. Valentine with romance is not new, it’s been around for a few centuries, ever since Chaucer’s poem. The sending of romantic cards began in the late 18th century and from there it added chocolates, flowers, diamonds, and other jewellery, lingerie, even fancy dog beds, and of course the price for the main four, are always inflated just before this day, you will pay for love.
We all love someone, we all want to be loved, feel loved and to be told and shown we are loved, but why should that be limited on one day out of the year? If you love me then you have 364 other days to tell me so, pick one, just don’t wait until you’re told to.
Tell me you love me on any day but today.