It's almost the end of V-Day and no matter how old you are or where you live, i'm sure it didn't go unnoticed. I don't know how the red roses and heart shaped paraphernalia made you feel about your romantic life, but I do hope it didn't make you feel bad about the rest of your life.
Do you know the story of how Valentine's Day came about? Well if you don't, Wikipedia it right now because basically, someone was beheaded and stoned to death because they tried to marry and convert Christians during the Roman Empire. (This is my Spark Notes version of it and even though high school is over, this still suffices for me.) Not so romantic, I know. So to this factoid, I say yes, this is a Hallmark Holiday!
But to honest, I like Valentine's Day, for the same reason I love Christmas, even though i'm not religious. It brings people together. There is something in the air that makes strangers stare at each other on subway cars. It makes men, who otherwise can't be bothered to pick the restaurant, make secret dinner reservations and stand in long lines at flower shops and pay exuberant Valentine's day prices. Because it's February 14th, not the 13th or the 15th, but the 14th, and on this day, the whole world will be reminded of the sometimes forgotten existence of love.
Today was a big celebration of a big thing that makes life worth living and the world keep spinning (internal rhyme? what?). I'm not sure how you celebrated, or if at all, but I hope whatever it is you're looking for to fulfill you on this V-Day, D-Day (I don't mean this to be bitter! I'm just trying to say there's a lot of freaking pressure for everything to be perfect on this day alright?!) , you've found it. Or will find it. In ways both big (finding your soulmate) and small (finding a single friend to rom-com/wine/chocolate with you).
Remember Valentine's Day in elementary school? You know, brown paper bags and Valentines of your favorite TV cartoons? Of course you do, that's when Valentine's day was at it's purest and finest, so i'm bringing it back. Winnie the Pooh was my favorite cartoon growing up so here is my Valentine to you reader, Happy Valentine's Day, from me to you-hoo-hoo-hoo! (Aw, Pooh!)