by Noah Schmidt, PAW Writer
Grandparent’s Day, Sweetest Day, Boss’ Day, Secretary’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day- what do all of these “holidays” have in common?
They were all invented by people who write cards. They are all “Hallmark Holidays,” they were brought into existence purely for card companies to sell cards celebrating a non-existent holiday. Consequently, Valentine’s Day, like these other Hallmark holidays, is a pseudo-holiday. At least that’s the opinion of the author, who is currently lacking a girlfriend (by choice, of course). As my Instagram news feed filled up with posts captioned, “My boyfriend is the best ever,” or “She’s so hot it’s hard to be cool,” or, “I don’t know what I’d do without him,”(Her grades would rise and she would be infinitely less annoying, that’s what would happen without him), I wondered what my fellow proud singles would be doing on this February 14th, a day just like any other. So, of course, I turned my curiosity into a story.
Parker Loew– “I’ll sleep in and then I’ll be on Twitter checking out funny Valentine’s Day Cards and hanging out with my friends.”
Michael Villifana – “I’ll be in NYC checking out colleges.”
Megan Stewart – “I’ll be sitting on my couch watching Grey’s Anatomy, eating a bowl of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, with my cat Chloe.
Charlie Kral – “I’ll watch a couple episodes of Friends, read a book, do homework. Just like I’ve done for every Valentine’s Day for the past 16 years.”
Luke Tapani – “I hope my girlfriend doesn’t dump me by Valentine’s day.
After these interviews, it became more and more apparent that V-Day may be special for those with a date, but for the rest of us, it should be re-named “Zzz-Day”. It is simply an opportunity to catch up on sleep, be lazy, recharge our batteries, and get back to neutral. And for that, I believe we all owe Hallmark a thank you card.