Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentine's Day!

Yep, I know a lot of people don't like the holiday, either because they feel they don't have someone special to spend it with, or because they think if you have someone special, you shouldn't need a particular day to celebrate your love.

To the first, I say: phooey. The holiday is slanted toward romance, true, but there's no rule that says it has to be about eros. One of the most touching Valentine traditions I've ever heard of was a man I worked with for a while who took his mother out to dinner every Valentine's Day. (And before you get all cynical on me, let me assure you that he did, in fact, have a healthy romantic life.) Celebrate philia and enjoy your family, or storge and appreciate your friends, or go even broader and celebrate agape by doing something for your fellow man. If you don't have any of those kinds of love to celebrate... then you have worse problems than a few sour grapes about a lack of romance in your life.

And to the second group, I have this to say: what's wrong with you?! Don't you like presents?!



Gris said...

Whoa, way to knock the Greek out of the park, Liz!

I've got a co-worker who's been undergoing treatment for leukemia for the past several months-- the union's collecting valentines for her and bringing them to her today along with a gift basket of chocolate to remind her she's not forgotten. (Mine is "from" her favorite supernatural romance hero. ;) )

(My captcha for the day is "clableff," which sounds too much like "to blave" not to share.)

Rachel said...

I remember the year Matt sent us all flowers for valentines day. What a sweetie you have on your hands :D