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Rules of Engagement

With Valentine's Day comes expectations

By Josh Mansour, Kellie Rowe          Posted: 02/13/12 11:19pm         

Valentine’s Day is here. Is it a day of love and romance, or a Hallmark holiday for card companies who want to make a quick buck?

The problem with Valentine’s Day is the sense of obligation the holiday creates.

For single people, it’s the feeling that you’re a loser if you don’t have a date on Feb. 14, even if you have one all other 365 days of the year.

For people in committed relationships, it’s the pressure to meet your significant other’s gift expectations.

And for married couples, it’s the obligation to drag yourself off the couch and do something on a normally meaningless Tuesday night.
We feel these obligations because that’s what Hallmark has incessantly beaten into our brains as being important from the moment they realized people were gullible enough to buy into it.

Now I’m not going to lie — getting chocolate is always awesome. But the people that cry about being alone or groan about going out to dinner are simply acting like sheep following a ritual that’s not based in a remote amount of substance.

But hey, we’re in a recession, so we might as well buy up a ton of junk we don’t need and would never otherwise purchase.
It beats the heck out of having to be spontaneous.

Josh is always the cynic!
Although Valentine’s Day can have it’s downfalls, there is nothing wrong with a holiday celebrating the color pink.

Sure, we shouldn’t have to wait until one specific day to show our significant other we care, but there’s still no reason not to celebrate.

But where Josh is really wrong is it doesn’t have to be all about the money.

Last year I spent hours upon hours fighting with the hot glue gun to make a giant Valentine for my Valentine — using every bow, every sticker and every bit of glitter and sequins I owned, and he loved it. And why? Because I spent time I could’ve been working on homework, getting ahead in my work duties — or most importantly, sleeping ­— to work on something that came directly from both my hands and my heart.

Love doesn’t always come from the wallet. Valentine’s Day is about uniting the country in celebrating the one thing we all know how to do — love.

So, like I said in one of the very first articles I wrote for The State News, get out there and tell someone you love them — everyone deserves to hear it at least once a year.

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