Valentine's Day. Word.

Today marks the one year anniversary of this day last year. Surprise!

Are you prepared to read the most bitter diatribe of all bitter diatribes on this commercialized and exploited holiday? I mean, every where you look is something Valentine's Day related. It almost makes people send flowers to their ex's just because the ads are so persistent!

Sooo, let the bitterness begin!

Just kidding .... I, Mindy Marie Thornley, am past my mid-twenties, am single, belong and live in the LDS culture where everyone I know over age 22 is married, and I do not hate slash despise slash loathe or even dislike this holiday. In other words: I think this holiday is FAN-STINKIN-TASTIC.

First of all, I love anything that promotes chocolate. I try not to over indulge often. Okay, that's a lie. I have chocolate milk for breakfast every day and go through a large bag of peanut M&M's every week or so ... But today is the day that says the amount of chocolate I consume is actually okay. On Valentine's Day, I try to have chocolate at every meal and so far, I am two for two. I consider this a success. And I am pleased.

Secondly, I think it's extremely unfortunate that this holiday gets a bum rap. Because for the first ten or so years of your life - YOU liked it! I dare any of you to tell me you didn't love making {or if you were like me, having your mama make you} the little Valentine's Day box for elementary school. You'd sit that baby out on your desk and by day's end, you'd have 20-30 little goodies left for you! That is what we call - FANTASTIC. Seriously, I wish every day I went home with 30 goodies.

But, wow, after fifth-grade ... Enter the Valentine's Day haters. I think it's because there was no longer a guarantee you'd get something. Well, welcome to the approximately 362 other days of the year {minus Christmas and your birthday}. Come on folks, what's one more? :)

Being single on Valentine's Day is not equally as bad as being shot execution style {at least I don't think it is, having never been shot execution style I could be wrong}. But honestly, I don't need a special day to remind me that I am single. If I chose to, I could be a masochistic foo' and do that every day of my life. But I am not a masochistic foo', so I don't. :)

Absurd. Absurd is when people think that Valentine's Day exists only to celebrate one kind of love. And I refuse to be absurd. You, well, you may do as you wish. Feel free to be absurd. But for me, any day that reminds us to celebrate the people we love in our lives is A-OK in my book and will be celebrated {primarily by me eating chocolate, but celebrated nonetheless}.

Now, I think this pretty much sums up my thoughts ... And if not, well ... that's too bad. I have to go finish celebrating my Valentine's Day with the USU men's basketball team. Woot! Woot!

Remember, your mom loves you, Jesus loves you, and for most of you reading this, I love you! ;)


Even though I am not a Valentine Day Hater, I heart that photo above. :) And secondly, a shout out to my brother-in-law. Men: take a lesson from him. He always gets not only his wife a gift, but my mom, my other sister, and me gifts too - EVERY YEAR! Here was last year's .


Meg said...

While I've never really hated Valentine's, either, it was entertaining to hold a "Single's Awareness Dinner" with all the food dyed black.

Krystal said...

I love YOU Mindy Marie... AND, is it just me or do M&Ms taste better when they're all pink?! Mmm... yummy!

Krystal said...

PS, I am stealing the SAD pic... hope that's okay :) AND I still owe you a tribute on my blog with all the great photos I have of you! But for now, time for homework.

jill said...

yay for single awareness dinners with all food dyed black. Yay for being an aggie. Boo to boise for being stupid, and boo to valentines day. I mean yay for valentines day.

Allred Mom said...

You have a great brother-in-law!
And, as for chocolate and peanut M&m's! That is perfect any day of the yeat! Just ask me!

Oh...and sorry about the b-ball game! Blame it on those heart strickin' Aggies!

P.S. point for 3 fingers! Yippee!
And I truly hope you are feeling back up to par or even better!

Avree said...

Mindy, I just noticed how many gold stars I have and I am ecstatic! Thank you! I liked your "rant" about V-Day, I agree with everything you said!

Adam R. said...

I'm not sure how to take this. I am obviously dead to you.

Refer to this line: "I, Mindy Marie Thornley, am past my mid-twenties, am single, belong and live in the LDS culture where everyone I know over age 22 is married..."

Should I be sad?

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