And to those of you privileged enough to actually be dating or married, congratulations. Since you're so lucky and happy and in love already, let's shower you with chocolate and roses and other crap.
We single people will just stand over here, conspicuous and bitter.
Conspicuous and bitter. Yeah, that's fairly accurate for me today. Conspicuous when I was sitting in fourth block as the names of girls with boyfriends and consequently, flowers in the office were being called over the loudspeaker and when standing in my sweater and ponytail amongst pink and red clad girls with nice hair and make-up and bitter when... well, pretty much bitter all day.
Valentine's Day sucks. What was this St. Valentine guy thinking? Was this what he envisioned for a holiday celebrating (presumably) Christian love? I think not. Not that I'm exactly a shining beacon of Christian love or anything but c'mon: he's supposed to be a saint.
So, enough with the "box of chocolates," i.e. the heart shaped plastic container that holds four chocolates, three of which are inevitably strawberry or mint filled. Gross. Also, I might add, from my dad. And furthermore, enough with flowers from the ONE GUY I did NOT want to get flowers from. (About a week ago.) And enough with looking like poo on a stick because I didn't remember it was Valentine's Day till this morning.
But mostly, enough about Valentine's Day, a.k.a National Singles Awareness Day. I am sick of the subject. From now on, I'll just be looking forward to St. Patrick's Day. St. Paddy..... Now there's a holy man I can respect. What could be better than a day celebrating leprechauns and four leaf clovers and Guinness and such? That's just random enough to be fun. Kind of like Easter, when we get to put up decorations featuring rabbits and eggs and baskets and eat lots of chocolate. Or Halloween, with costumes, and door-to-door candy giveaways. Valentine's Day is just too close to home. It stings a little bit.
But I'm not talking about it any more!!!!!! Yay for St. Patrick's Day!!!!!! Yay for March, the month of driver's license achieving and spring break cavorting!!!!!!
But just for the sake of acknowledging and appreciating the only kernel of today worth anything: real love, here is a verse that most of you have heard:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-8
And for you cool people celebrating National Singles Awareness Day, here are some other verses:
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the LORD’s affairs–how he can please the LORD.
-I Corinthians 7: 8 and 32
(Just to be fair, I should add that Paul doesn’t say that it’s bad to get married. He thinks that everyone should do what God wants them to do; “But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.” -I Corinthians 7: 7 Just thought I would add that, so no one misunderstands me. All I’m saying is, and this is for you single people, it is ok to be single. I want you (single people) to know how much you are loved today and how important you are, even if no one got you flowers.)