Young love, and secret admirers

Cupid hits where it counts (Illustration by Paul Ingvaldsen)

Evelyn Caicedo

Eager for all the cards and candy the 10-year-old is about to receive, she lays her mailbox on her desk. Her classroom is filled with cutouts of pink and red hearts and cupids.

It is her fifth grade’s Valentine’s Day party, and she is so excited to see if she has any secret admirers.

It was the times in elementary and middle school where I looked forward to Valentine’s Day. There was innocence in the air and everyone always received love from their classmates.

Then, it was good to celebrate one another and to not feel obligated to be in a relationship. Plus the day made everyone feel warm and fuzzy.

Nowadays our youth has vanished and the holiday has been filled with spending lots of money and constant pressure of what to buy your lover, or even worse who to go with, if anyone.

For unattached men and women Valentine’s is considered a day of single awareness and in some cases it can result in unhappiness.

In the movie “Valentine’s Day” Jessica Biel’s character proves that it is very hard being single on a day that is supposed to be spent with a mate.

However, once one is in a relationship the demands of making each other happy can be stress filled as well.

The men go out and spend loads of money on heart-shaped balloons, candy, red roses, and reservations to a fancy restaurant. And the women are left stressing on what to buy the guy. What do men want on Valentine’s Day? Oh, right.

In all, I want to make the day lovely for both the men and women of all ages. I think that the best gift is each other and spending time together.

The greatest way to celebrate the day of love is what it was intended for, in which lovers and friends express their appreciation and love to one other by giving small gifts.

And chocolate always works too.