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Valentine’s Day

by Alumni Posts on February 12, 2014

in Extracurricular

As you all probably know by now, Valentine’s Day is this Friday.  For many people, Valentine’s Day is a chance to show loved ones you are thinking about them.  For others, Valentine’s Day is a bitter reminder that they have no one to share the special day with.  For me, the end of Valentine’s Day brings sales on chocolate.  Which is basically like buying happiness.

Throughout my life, I have been in both the single and dating positions during Valentine’s Day, and I have decided that each has its own pros and cons.  It’s nice to have a dinner date and a new dress to look forward to—which is what I’m doing this year.  I’m excited to spend time with my boyfriend, but I’ve also spent the holiday having quality Kristen time.  Both are enjoyable, and no matter which you try, you should do something special this Valentine’s Day.  Below, I have listed a few suggestions of how you might do that.

All the single ladies:

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day, so celebrate yourself!  Buy yourself flowers, go out to dinner with your friends, see a chick flick (with no complaints from a boyfriend).  Of course, single men can also do fun things on Valentine’s Day.  Play video games.  Try to pick up single girls.  Eat steak (food makes me happy, you can probably guess).  Meet up with friends and do whatever it is boys do when they’re together.  And if you’re really feeling generous on Friday, try surprising a friend with flowers, candy, or a card.  The only thing better than getting something yourself is to surprise someone else.  You never know who needs a card, a nice word, or a smile.

Date-night duos:

If you’re planning a romantic date with your significant other, there are many options you can choose from.  I have seen commercials for several different movies coming out for Valentine’s Day, any one of them could make a great date night.  If you are free in the morning, you might consider having brunch together; if you want to do the traditional thing, you can make dinner reservations and have a lovely night together.  There are also a million other things you could do in Saint Louis that aren’t food related—ice skating, the science center, a walk through Forest Park, a visit to the zoo, meandering through the downtown area with all its shops and architecture.  I hear that the Boathouse Annex in Forest Park is providing music and snacks some of the day.  As long as you’re spending time together, I’m sure you’ll have a great day.

I’m going the traditional route this year; my boyfriend and I made reservations at an Italian restaurant.  I was feeling particularly romantic while planning and mailed him a card.  I also have plans to surprise him with a gift and chocolate-covered strawberries.  Don’t tell!

Whatever you decide to do on Friday, make it something special.  It doesn’t have to be a depressing day—it can be what you make of it!

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