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Not Your Average Valentine’s Day Post

The title may be a little deceiving… this will most definitely be a pretty average Valentine’s Day post. But it’s written by yours truly, so it’s just that much better.

Let me just start with a brief history of Valentine’s Day: good ole Wikipedia tells me that Valentine’s Day (or St. Valentine’s Day) began as a liturgical (that means church, it’s fine I didn’t know either) holiday that celebrated saints named Valentinus (why were there more than one…). Some fictitious martyrdom stories were created to further celebrate these Valentines and yada yada yada. So where did all this love stuff come in? That one goes to our good friend, Geoff. Geoffrey Chaucer, of course (Canterbury Tales, ya know what I’m sayin). So the whole 18th century, courtly love thing was in full swing and suddenly V-Day was all about expressing love and giving flowers and stuff. Cool, now you know.

So I could go one of two ways with the rest of this post. One could be about how as a single college girl, Valentine’s Day is the reason that anti-depressants were invented. Or two, I could go all feminist on you guys and tell you today should be about empowering us single women…. But instead I’m going to do both because I’m just that talented.

While not nearly as bad as being a single high school girl, (you know all the kiddos running around, hand in hand, kissing all gross all over your locker?) so far being a single college girl isn’t much better. They’ve got these Vocal Valentine things, super cool… only if you’re the lucky one receiving it. And everything is pink and flowery and there’s so much candy. And while sharing Valentine’s Day with your closet girl friends is great, it’s not the same as a guy buying you loads of stuff you don’t need and telling you’re pretty all day. BUT, I’m a woman, a strong, powerful, independent woman. And I don’t a need a man to do those things for me. I can buy myself things I don’t need! And I can look in the mirror and tell myself I’m pretty whenever I want!

Okay, so if you can’t tell, I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. If you’re in a relationship, you should not need an excuse to treat your significant other better, you should do that everyday. And if you aren’t in a relationship, we don’t need a day to remind us we’re alone.

Moral of the story: Make sure you go to Walgreens tomorrow to buy all the Valentine’s Day candy on sale, it’ll be dirt cheap I swear.

Until next time -Caitlin


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