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Article Title: Valentines Day Is Over-Rated
Author: Rose DesRochers
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A few days after Christmas store fronts were filled with cuddly
stuffed animals, heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and candy hearts
with little sayings on them.
Some believe that February 14th is the most romantic day of the
year, while others are ready to boycott the money making holiday
for it has become over-rated. Forgive me if I decline to
enthusiastically join this commercialized holiday ritual.
Valentines Day at one time was a symbol of youthful love.
Though the origin of the day is somewhat hazy, the importance
of the day has been stripped by the commercialism that now puts
a huge guilt trip on us to �show our love" by purchasing our
significant other a gift they don�t really need or want.
Valentine�s Day ranks second to Christmas in terms of the
number of greeting cards that are sent. How pathetic is that.
If my husband does choose to give in to the commercialism of
this holiday, I hope he does it days after. I�d much rather has
a discount box of chocolates. I know that I�ve been guilty of
contributing to the pockets of the retailer. Go ahead, call me
a hypocrite. I have celebrated the day with balloon bouquets,
heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and pink and red candy hearts.
But this year the image of cupid makes me sick. Just kidding,
but seriously here men, we women don�t need the $100.00
bouquets of roses, the over priced Hallmark card or dinner at a
fancy restaurant. All we need is for you to put down the toilet
seat, do the laundry, take out the garbage, and take the kids
out of our hair for an hour so that we can enjoy a luxurious
By now you are thinking that this woman is unromantic, a clone
of Ebenezer Scrooge. Bah Humbug!
Well, you�re wrong. I am a sucker for love, a huge romantic,
but to me an over priced bouquet of red roses doesn�t say love.
To me romance is when my husband comes home from the grocery
store and surprises me with a bouquet of fresh carnations
because he wanted to brighten my day or when I wake up in the
morning and his arms are around me or when he runs me a bubble
bath after a stressful long day. It is those little things that
show me that he loves me and appreciates me.
It is more important to give spontaneously. Don�t wait for a
specific day to show your wife or girlfriend that you love her.
This year I�ve chosen to support the boycott of valentine
consumerism. Instead I�m going to give my husband the gift that
keeps on giving all year through- the gift of my love.
Valentine's Day is just a few days away. Show your significant
other that you care by giving them your time. It is important
to appreciate them everyday. This Valentine�s Day let your gift
come from your heart and not the store shelf.
Goodbye Cupid, I�m not stupid. I'm boycotting Valentine's Day
for commercialism is out of control.
About The Author: Rose DesRochers is a published poet and
freelance writer. Rose has been writing poetry for more than 20
years. She is also the founder of http://www.todays-woman.net
a supportive online writing community for men and women over 18
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