Valumtimes

Everyone is posting about Valentine’s lately. It’s so funny to me how one little ‘holiday’ gets people in such a tizzy. What’s the deal?

I used to get really pissy about Valentine’s day. Like I wanted to get the best presents and flowers and date if I didn’t get them I would feel all jipped – especially if one of my friends got something better. And when I was single I was just really bitter and crap.

I don’t know, as I get older I realize more and more how NOT a big deal most things are. Valentine’s is NOT a big deal. It only seems like it is because of all the pink heart-shaped balloons they have at the grocery store. It was designed to be a day to recognize your special someone and let them know you love them – NOT a day to get stupid flowers/chocolates/balloons/stuffed animals that most people deep down don’t even reeeeally like. Also, it was NOT designed to be a day that makes single people feel like shit whenever their coworkers/friends all get the same red rose bouquet. Over the years V-day has just become a meaningless expectation. It’s really kind of dumb when you think about it.

A couple weeks ago when J and I were out to dinner we actually had a convo about what Valentine’s means to us and what each of our expectations are for the day. Because I didn’t want him thinking I expected a red plush “I love you” elephant or something and I realized I had no idea what he thought about V-day. Which, by the way, why is Valentine’s catered only to women? While I’m a feminist I’m really just about equality and respect for everyone. Why don’t they have commercials about V-day gifts that guys would like or how to make your guy feel special. Why not a commercial for a V-day 12-pack for your man? Or a set of tools? Or whatever it is that men like? Why do all the girls expect to get special stuff without thinking of all the guys?

So what do you think about Valentine’s? Does it mean something to you? If not/if so, why?

In remembrance of this loved/hated/exploited “holiday,” here’s a little Valumtimes link to make you smile ;-):
Enjoy, my friends… more to come…

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  1. #1 by Melinda on February 12, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    All the commercial hype for a “made up” holiday drives me batshit. But, I did see a TV ad that made me stop and think. “I Love Us,” was the message. I looked past what the ad was peddling and sat quiet for a moment and came to the conclusion that “I Love Us,” every day.

    • #2 by seemelrun on February 13, 2011 - 2:13 am

      That’s a really great message!

  2. #3 by Kayla on February 12, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    OH

    MY

    GOSH

    I haven’t seen Homestar Runner since high school, and never used to find it funny.

    That, however? Oh my god, I was laughing out loud.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. #5 by Katie on February 16, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    It is overcommercialized by Hallmark and others, but it is not a made up holiday. It was created in honor of Saint Valentine.

    I loved your post Mel!!!!!!!!!!!!

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