Secondhand News: Valentine’s Day – More well-rounded than you think

By Jordan Oliver, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2013

A common notion for those flying solo on Valentine’s Day may be that the holiday serves only as a stark reminder to single people that they are alone—that there is no one out there who will be addressing their name on a box of chocolates.

Well it’s time to wake up, smell the roses, and open your mind! Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love in all of its forms—whoever said it was restricted to just one?

This day of reds and pinks should be embraced by everyone; couples can’t hog all the glory.  A Valentine can be a friend, a family member, or even a pet! Fido’s love is unconditional after all.

As college students, there’s no greater joy than finding out there’s something waiting in our mailbox.  I can tell you that nothing brightened my day more than receiving a Valentine’s care-package from my parents last year; sure, it wasn’t from a boyfriend, but he wouldn’t be sending money now, would he?

Valentine’s Day is a time when love takes center stage and displays its many personas.  You don’t have to be in love to love the day itself, and to acknowledge the love that constantly surrounds you.

(And hey, if anything, it’s an excuse to eat chocolate!)