A post-Valentine’s Day carnage report
Published: Monday, February 20, 2012
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2012 14:06
Scrolling through my news feed, I saw pictures my friends posted of what they found in their room when they woke up; vases of flowers with candy hearts and stuffed animals, with captions reading "Aw I have the best boyfriend ever!! I love you –insert name here-".
What did I wake up to? Nothing. And on any other day, I wouldn't care- flowers are kind of pointless, they tend to die, I don't like chocolate and I have plenty of stuffed animals… but Tuesday morning, I sure wished I had all of those things.
But why? It doesn't prove that my boyfriend loves me any more or less than before, right?
It was okay eventually though, really, he ended up giving me a tiny little bear, which we had to wait on line for a half hour in the mail room for… but he's super cute, the bear that is.
But all I kept thinking was: "Is this all I have to show for our first Valentine's Day together? Oh, and a card that says "I love you my snuggle muffin cherry banana pie biscuit lovely dear. From, Kevin AKA your lover"
You cannot be serious.
So how did everyone else spend their Valentine's Day? Did we all make it through the ordeal unscathed?
I asked Megan Kriaris and Kasey Edgerton, freshmen here at UAlbany, about their Valentine's Day events, and Megan replied, "Well, I got free chicken at Business Club," and Kasey followed up with "we bought high lighters and cleaned our room!" to their exciting Valentine's Day report.
It seems to me that Valentine's Day wasn't really recognized among these two friends.
And perhaps even more so for William Schuster, another freshman.
"I got locked out of my room because my roommate was out on a date to Uno Chicago Grill, fancy stuff".
How unfortunate, he couldn't even play his video games on the day of love. I too would be upset; even I got some Toon Town in on Valentine's Day.
But not everyone ignored the day or was deprived of video games. Freshman Elizabeth Novohradsky told me with a smile, how her friend Jack gave out carnations and chocolate. She had them in a soda bottle on her desk, and they were very pretty. Sounds to me like Jack has an idea how to treat a girl; hell, I didn't even get flowers- but I digress.
As if I needed more of a reason to sit my boyfriend down and enlighten him as to how his half hour bear was a let-down, Katy Fox gave me even more ammunition: "I got flowers from my boyfriend… he goes to school in South Carolina" Um, what.
Her boyfriend lives 800 miles away and managed to send her flowers. I think I need to have a little talk with this self declared "lover" of mine. Get it together.
Overall, it seems that we all did okay this Valentine's Day. Except maybe for Adam Leduke, yes, another freshman, who almost got hit by a cop car who was going way under the speed limit, on his way to Applebee's, I won't mention the mileage Adam was making on the road; but, he survived the day- albeit barely.
I bet he was going to Applebee's with a girl. And I bet he got her flowers.
For the cynics and lovers of Valentine's Day alike, I think it is important to note that everyone spends the day in their own way. Just like every other day. Alone, or not, showered with gifts or hit by a car, Valentine's Day is no different than any other Tuesday.