“Holidays are all different depending on the company and time of your life.”
– Dominic Monaghan
We all know there are some funky “holidays” out there designed to boost slumping sales in “comfort”, validation, and reassurance items. They are collectively known, of course, as “Hallmark Holidays”, after the Empress of greeting cards.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
– Charles M. Schulz
Valentine’s Day is, in my unerring opinion, the flagship of Hallmark Holidays. Dear God! What other manufactured “special” day has evolved from expressing a simple sentiment on an artfully printed card to, “Where’s my fucking diamond, you low-life, worthless bastard? Are you cheating on me? Is that where it went?”
Which brings me to a simple observation, accurate or inaccurate as it may be: Valentine’s Day appears to be a bit lopsided, as expectations go, with women expecting somewhat more out of it than men… I mean, it’s about emotional shit, and what guy wants to go there?
“Excuse me, sir. It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’ve been married for 15 years… I’d like to volunteer to sweep the mine field in sector 12?”
But in its original, Hallmark form, it was simply a day to remind emotionally bankrupt people to tell someone how important they are and have been.
The thing is, many people will spend this artificial special day no differently than any other, or will actually feel badly about themselves because there is no “other” to proclaim their undying love for them. And that’s OK. No, you should not feel badly about yourself, neither should you latch on to someone so you don’t have to spend a manufactured Hallmark Holiday “alone” (the quotes are there because, more than likely, you are nowhere near alone; you just don’t have who you think you want).
“Before you look for someone else to love you, you really need to at least like yourself.” – Me, just now
It’s Frickin’ Valentine’s Day! I appreciate every last person who reads this blog.