February has always been one of my least favorite months of the year. Blame it on the cold wind and snow that usually hit DC around that time. Blame it on my anxiety for the spring weather to come. Or blame it on the melodrama and commercialism surrounding one of the arguably most artificial holidays on our modern-day calendar — namely, St. Valentine’s Day. Instead of joining on the cheesiness and writing yet another “romantic” comment about this holiday, I thought I’d write some less conventional cerebrations about St. Valentine’s Day.
In no particular order, here are my experiences/thoughts from today:
- I had a strange conversation on the phone. A female acquaintance had asked me last week to show her some tricks in Excel. She called this morning to thank me for the tips and ask another question. She asked if I had seen anything unusual in my inbox. I told her that there had been some spam emails floating around. And then, casually, she giggled and said that those emails were most likely her “Love you!” notes that she had been sending my way, but I had mistakenly thought there were spam. Needless to say, I was a bit dumbfounded. But I decided to leave it at that – just a silly pre-Valentine’s joke.
- Another friend sent me an email with a link to an article about February 13 having been proclaimed “National Break Up with Your Ex” Day! Now, that is what I call cheap journalism trying to score some page views on a day that could be equally emotional for those in a relationship and those that had recently come out of one.
- Finally, I recalled the face of a random guy whom I inadvertently observed last year on Valentine’s Day as he was sitting in his car, devastated, while his girl-friend had obviously just told him she was breaking up with him. His expression, full of desperation and denial, as she was exiting the car had stuck in my memory. Over and over, every time I remember the scene I can’t help asking myself, “Of all the days to break up, why pick up the cheesiest one?”
Many other thoughts have been going through my mind today, but those three are the most newsworthy and non-conventional. Which is why I decided to share them here.
What do you think about St. Valentine’s? Over-rated? Artificial or real? Necessary or causing too much trouble? Let me know in the commentary section.