And so it goes. I believe the thing that I like the least about Valentine's Day is that, in the end, it is a day dedicated to love that makes everyone unhappy in the end. See, here's the deal: the people who do not have a significant other don't like it. We have already covered that. Guys hate it because it is a pressure packed holiday in which you have to pony up with exactly the right thing to impress your lady friend, and it's more of a hassle. Plus, it puts most of us into an area that we are deeply uncomfortable. Trust us. For the ladies, it's often a day of disappointment when the boys forget or do something lame or worse, do something embarrassing. See, Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate the haves having that very clearly leaves out the have nots. It's not a pretty picture. There is nothing like having something wonderful that you don't have being rubbed in your face. Have ever noticed that there is no National Celebration of Money Day? That's because we would just find it wrong to celebrate having money in the face of the millions who do not. So then why do we find it so okay to celebrate having romance in the face of the millions who do not? It's can't be Hallmarks fault, because National Celebration of Money Day cards would sell just fine.
In the end, with Valentine's Day, like everything else, take it in moderation. For those of you who have reason to celebrate, please do so in an appropriate manner. No one wants to see you humping like dogs on the village green. Be discreet, maybe go out and have dinner or whatnot but don't rub it in anyone's face. You don't have to carry the six foot high stuffed teddy bear your husband got you all around town strapped into the passenger seat of your convertible. And those of you with no reason to celebrate, let's tone down the bitterness, please? Let the lovers be in love. I know a day like Valentine's Day doesn't inspire much hope, but please do not begrudge. Because there is a time and place for everyone. And there is a bright light on the horizon. You know how cheap those heart-shaped boxed of chocolate are going to be next week? And who doesn't deserve to give themselves a Pot of Gold?