By Marina Rangel |Staff Writer|
Valentine’s Day is here, and for nearly a month we’ve all walked through the stores past the aisles splattered with pink and red, pondering if you’ll have a valentine, what your valentine will get you or what you should get them.
But what can one say about a holiday that is celebrated by many and hated by some? The answer is simple. You can say a lot.
Valentine’s Day means different things to different people.
Hopeless romantics like myself value it and yet, there are many couples who choose not to think much of it.
“It’s something where guys get to be really creative once a year for their girls,” said student Lwin Oo.
Of course, ladies don’t forget to be creative for your guys too.
It is impossible to watch TV, listen to the radio or go to any store without being thrown ideas for this special day.
A romantic dinner, homemade card, jewelry, weekend trip for two, romantic night-in or the Valentine’s Day essentials of candy, chocolate and flowers are all successful ways of spending that day with whoever you choose.
“My ideal Valentine’s Day would be a complete surprise,” said student Kaiesha Randle.
For student Lauren Walker, Valentine’s Day is always better when it’s with someone you love and should be romantic and thoughtful.
Stories of history’s great loves weren’t based on candy and flowers but on words as simple as “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
The famous poem “How Do I Love Thee” was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning during her romance with husband, Robert Browning.
They wrote over 600 letters to each other before secretly meeting and marrying, spending their lives together in Italy.
It is safe to say love does not sprout from years of romantic correspondence like in the 1800s.
Change is inevitable and the simplicity of romance is not what it used to be.
The written word may have been how the Brownings fell in love, but they were poets and words were their gift.
Figuring out how you feel is the key to knowing how to show it.
Do what you love with the one you love.
Take it from the great lover Don Juan, “There are only four questions of value in life. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.”