Hearts, chocolate, love, OH MY! Another holiday is creeping upon us, and this one involves just as much spending as Christmas. Yes, I am talking about Valentine's Day.
There are many stories about the history of the date and dear old St. Valentine, but when saying the word, all that comes to my mind is the explosion of red hearts and romantic embraces.
Well, you need a significant other to embrace on this day, and I don't have one. I don't even have a cute furry cat to embrace and spoil with a new pack of catnip.
In today's society, it is becoming acceptable to be single and not actively looking for someone to "complete" you, but when a holiday such as this creeps up, it usually freaks singles out. They are desperate for a date; if not, the night will be spent with a dozen romantic comedies, a pint or gallon of their favorite ice cream and a large box of tissues (sounds like my kind of fun).
Don't get me wrong: I love being in love. But when I'm not in a relationship, the mushy-mushy stuff sometimes makes me gag. Plus, how many stuffed animals do I really need? I already have a basket full, thank you very much.
So, what is a girl (or a guy) to do during this holiday of expensive jewelry and "I love you"s? Treat yourself!
Who needs a man or a woman to cook you a nice meal and buy you presents? I will get exactly what I want without the awkward-sounding "Thank you, honey," as I try to smile and not make it look so fake. I also can cook a meal in my sweats and eat as much as I want of it, without sharing. No dressing up, no expectations. The only thing missing is a nice foot or neck massage, but there are machines I can buy to do that.
Take yourself on a nice trip for the weekend, since Valentine's Day lands on a Saturday. Sit by the beach getting a tan or take on the slopes like you haven't been able to all winter because of work.
If you have the money, buy that piece of jewelry you have been yearning for. No need for a man or woman to give it to you! If you are on a budget, go find something that will bring a smile to your face without breaking the bank.
Catch up on those piles of books you have been "meaning to read" or that small project that has been sitting under your bed. Join the gym or go for a brisk walk outside; love your body for this holiday.
You don't necessarily need to be alone, either! Go home to visit your family and watch your siblings, nieces or nephews, or cousins as some of your family goes out on that night.
How about gathering a few of your single friends and going out for a night to celebrate your freedom from the wraths of a relationship? Or have a "Yay! I'm Single" party at your place, complete with black decorations.
And if you would rather sit on the couch in your pajamas, with a nice warm blanket, your favorite beverage, some yummy food and your television, that's perfectly fine. Make yourself happy during this mid-winter holiday.
Now, don't interrupt me. "When Harry Met Sally" just started, and I have a whole stack of movies to watch before the night is through.
Bethany Fehlinger is the Sentinel's city editor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.