Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day

This year, I’ve decided to rename Valentine’s Day.

Before I explain why, I must admit that my family has never made a big deal about this particular holiday. We’ve never made a big deal about any particular holiday—it’s just not part of the family genetic code.

Sure, we celebrate Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Yes, my dad buys a dozen red roses for my mom on Valentine’s Day, their anniversary, and other occasions throughout the year. Yes, we have special outings and treats and family gatherings. We just tend to be laid back about such festivities.

“Oh? Yeah! That’s nice…”

“Umm, what have you been reading recently?”

For one reason or another, I’ve never learned how to be properly enthusiastic and excited about all the things a young woman should be enthusiastic and excited about.

I’ve also not had much practice to help me learn excitement and enthusiasm—particularly regarding Valentines and romance. In the past, I’ve tried to avoid Valentine’s, especially as I notice more and more of the PR sales related to romance and ‘special friends.’ It’s kind of hard to ignore the day when so many of my friends have reasons to celebrate it, but I try.

A little cynical, you say? Probably.

This year hasn’t changed much, but I’m a little happier to see February 14th on the calendar.

Last week, before class, several of my students gave me small Valentine’s gifts.

Some people might think that a dozen roses, jewelry, chocolate, and an elaborate dinner are essential to Valentine’s Day. I’m happy with a single rosebud made from floral tape and two Hershey’s kisses.

For those of you who are dating, courting, engaged, newly-wed, long-time married—congratulations! Maybe I’ll join your ranks someday.

This year, though, I’m renaming the holiday as “I-Like-My-Tutor Day.” And, conversely, “I-Really-Like-My-Students Day.” It’s not about romance, just about being good friends and working together on logic and mock trial and short stories.

To make it even better, I’ll spread it over two weeks. Last week, they brought me Hershey’s kisses. This week, I’m planning to take them cookies. We’ll eat them in class while discussing opening speeches, witness statements, and objections—and all the other lovely homework topics!

And you?


Andrew Engel said...

I had a nice quiet "Singles Awareness Day" - which seems to be the new cultural name for Valentine's day.

Audrey said...

I've noticed a trend toward that re-interpretation as well, which partly explains why I posted on this topic. However, I'm curious whether the new trend is really toward 'singles-awareness' or whether it reflects instead a growing cynicism about romance and 'true love.'

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