Commentary: What Valentine’s Day Means to Me

Madison Elliott, News Editor

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, a unique holiday that has the potential to be celebrated differently by anyone. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Valentine’s Day is spending the day with a person that is special to you. Not everyone may have a partner to spend this day with, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy this day at all.

Valentine’s Day can be one where people just show appreciation or gratitude to the people who they care about, whether that is a friend or a special someone. This holiday is often overlooked and can sometimes be dreaded by people who spend this day alone. 

Personally, I think this is a very sweet holiday. I remember back in elementary school being so excited to give and receive little Valentine cards in our mailboxes. Everyone would be so excited to see how many they got, whether they got one with stickers or candy. The best part was that everyone got one.  

In elementary school, this was a day shared by everyone just to give thanks and make someone smile. That is the way I like to look at Valentine’s Day still. I think that is the best way to include everyone in this celebration, whether you have a partner or just friends.

This holiday comes with plenty of hearts along with the pink and red decorations all over. There are also plenty of pictures with Cupid and his bow to be seen. 

On this day you can make cards for someone, hand out candy hearts, get some flowers, or even just spend quality time with the people you care about. These are all things that could mean a lot for others to give or even receive.  

Although this day has a central theme of love, I think that can be interpreted towards all the different ways people could love one another. I love my friends as if they are family, and I will always be there for them. That kind of love can be celebrated, too. You could thank your friends for simply being your friends while wishing them a “Happy Valentine’s Day.”