February 14th is a strange beast. When you’re in elementary school, it means getting candy on a scale not seen since Halloween. Granted, the candy…

February 14th is a strange beast. When you’re in elementary school, it means getting candy on a scale not seen since Halloween. Granted, the candy haul is dominated by those disgusting sugar hearts adorned with tired phrases, but it’s candy nonetheless. The obligatory “only bring something if you have enough for everyone” rule ensures a massive sugar infusion for all. But elementary school Valentine’s Days don’t have many romantic connotations, which seem to pop up in high school. There, the day is a stress-laden affair where boys and girls have been known to send themselves secret admirer flowers in order to convince others of their attractiveness. But mostly, the day is a recipe for disappointment, since it’s so hard (and expensive) to live up to the Valentine’s Day of one’s imagination. Luckily, it seems like the importance of the somewhat artificial holiday declines from there, though if you have a significant other you’d do well not to forget the day entirely. For most of us, the best part of Valentine’s Day turns out to be getting dirt-cheap sweets on February 15th.
– Will