It creeps slowly, gradually infringing on your life. It starts small, the gradual appearance of roses at the gift shops and heart-themed decorations. It’s not until the day of February the Fourteenth that it suddenly hits you like an unattended water hose held by a mischievous friend. Valentine’s Day is upon us and may we survive the deluge of chocolate, balloons and the ubiquitous flowers.
We’ve got to admit that Valentine’s Day is one of the more exciting days in school.
Lots of us came to school with a bunch of roses in hand, or a file full of sweet handmade cards, or loose pants weighed down by the immense weight of all those assorted chocolates. On the other hand, many came to school empty-handed. (What gift could possibly best the act of serenading their true love from the vantage point on the bleachers?)
Already, one can only just walk into the school and see the walkway littered with pink hearts carefully plastered onto the cement; some hearts even had love quotes typed onto it. These caused students to stop for a while to scan through what was written on the heart. What’s more, once you step foot into the lobby, a big heart hangs down from the balcony with the words “Got Love? AC has it” printed prominently on it … love songs wafting out from the pulsing speakers.
I wondered if V Day would be different in AC – the biggest difference being that JCs are co-ed schools. I even wondered if AC celebrated V day at all! Well, I walked into school and received a pleasant surprise – heart shaped cutouts pasted on the walkway, with love quotes written on them! “Awwwwwwwwwwwww!!” I knew immediately that it was going to be a day filled with love, love, and MORE love.
During recess, I walked to the candeck, and MY MY, love was in the air -literally! There were soooooooooooooooo many huge red/pink helium balloons floating around, and the atmosphere was just so awesome! There were people hugging each other, giving flowers, giving prettily decorated cards, giving/eating their baked goodies (I received a few too and they were yummy!), taking photos, making song dedications and MOST IMPORTANTLY, everyone looked so happy! There was not one student who didn’t have a smile plastered on their face. I couldn’t help but smile to myself as well.
AC’s got love, definitely!
I’m so glad I got to be a part of ACJC’s Valentines Day celebrations 2009. I
can’t wait to see what’s in store next year!
I love Valentines Day. And I think EVERYDAY should be Valentines Day. What do you think?
P.S: I learnt something new this year too – it’s not just girls who get hyped up about V day. Boys do too!
One particular group caught my attention: They are hereby dubbed the Apathetics (I’m in severe doubt of the existence of such a word, but that is irrelevant.). These people are single. They are so single, they didn’t even bother being resentful or happy about being single. It was sad. Depressing, even. The stony expressions – they killed me. I think one of them was actually studying H2 Math but I was too frightened to investigate further.
So, it turns out, we have people who are so unenthusiastic about romance, they actually used February the 14th (Well, 13th.) to go over their lecture notes. They didn’t doodle hearts on lecture notes, or alternatively wrote ‘I Hate Valentines” and ‘Single and Proud of It’ statements. They didn’t even give chocolates or other objects of sugary goodness to their friends. The point is – it’s really amazing how startlingly different the person sitting at the other end of the table can be.
To each his own, I say. Whether you’re single, attached, or very stylishly not caring, I wish you a Happy Valentines’!
Got love? Got milk? Got money? (What am I saying? )
Well, sadly I didn’t have any money to buy my friends and OG mates chocolates or anything, so I spent the day only receiving and not giving. But I guess I didn’t really mind. In all of my 16 years spent living in this country, I’ve never really cared about V-day and giving roses and chocolates and stuff although I did buy daisies for my friends some time back in secondary school. Of course now it’s a little different since I just can’t be bothered and I love the feel of money resting snugly in my wallet (for a certain period of time before it disappears magically).
Oh well, time to celebrate Total Defence Day.
Frankly, I felt quite out of place with the blaring music and the choruses of “thank you” echoing around the canteen. Now, one might say that I am being a wet blanket and ruining a good day of fun by having it run in my head all day that ‘V-Day’ is merely a regular day very well commercialized by the overzealous employees at Hallmark. I do not deny my (occasional) less-than-friendly sentiments.
Valentine’s Day has just passed, and what this girl sees is absolutely phenomenal. With the number of roses being packaged inside paper, plastic or otherwise, it is a miracle that we still had space to grow anything else.
Truly, this so-called “special day for lovers” has morphed from a day to quietly spend time with your loved one lounging in the park with interlinked hands into an occasion to buy gifts, go for a movie and then wing it for dinner at breakneck speed. Whatever happened to picking some wild flowers in the park and then serenading that special one with melodies strummed from a guitar?
How can Valentine’s day be overrated? It’s just another event in commemoration of something. Take Christmas, a celebratory time for Christians, a day to remember the birth of their Lord Jesus Christ. But where’s the fun in that season if you take away the decorations, lights, gifts and dinners? They shouldn’t be the focus but they help add to the mood. Likewise, Valentine’s Day is a day which celebrates love and the thoughtful gifts and gestures help show what that person means to you.
Use Valentine’s Day to spread some love. You might go: Why all this extravagance on Valentine’s Day? And then I go: but why not on Valentine’s Day? Go ahead and show your appreciation to your loved ones everyday but think about this: if you’re too lazy to give a little more on a day that celebrates love and friendship, would you bother doing it any other day?
Should this not be displayed everyday? Well, if it is, then congrats for a great memory to fit this into your lives every moment. For the rest of us plagued with existing trouble, may be this is the occasion to just kick off your shoes and enjoy time with your precious persons.. Annoy them, compliment them, talk to them, that is the simplest way of giving thanks and celebrating, because at least we are not indifferent. This Valentine’s Day … I spent the day doing something completely un-romantic, but I enjoyed it as a fun, bonding exercise and I challenge you to do so too. Next Valentine’s, celebrate your close relationships, thank God for people who stick with you and enjoy time spent with these people.
With love (and some cynicism),
the Class of 2010