Valentine’s Day is approaching. We all have our ways of coping with a day that is just another day in time but that is given starry-eyed status by so many. I took to the streets of Cyberspace to ask males and females what are the types of things they do when they experience this day. I sectioned it off and asked teenagers, 20s to 40s, and 50s and older. You will be surprised at the answers I have received. Some of these answers show maturity, love and intelligence while others show friendship and fun; and don’t think you know which age groups have which answers. As some women found out when they not-so-nicely trashed me and talked back and forth about me being prejudiced against ages or I’d not be dividing the ages, I have wit and I’m creative, and I reminded them politely that because they chose their age in their profile to be seen rather than Unknown, it meant they were including themselves in an age bracket, so don’t talk about prejudice in age groups because it made them look like hypocrites. I gave them some examples of some of the insight I had seen on different sites, and I will be honored to share some of them here with you.
Guys and Girls, age teen and younger, what is your way of spending Valentine’s Day, whether it is with yourself or others?
My friend has cancer. I want to spend it with her so she feels special and loved. – male, age 7
My ex-girlfriend wanted to give our newborn son up for adoption without even asking me, even though she had no problem spending time with me conceiving him. I took him and gave him a dad since I never had a dad structure in my life. My son is my Valentine. – male, age 16
Joking by email with friends across the country about ‘Singles’ Awareness Day’ and playing Correspondence Chess and Iterated ‘Cut the Cake’ Dilemma (pretty much equivalent to Prisoners’ Dilemma) with said friends by mail because they are the most unromantic games we could think of that you can easily play across the world. – female, 13 – 15 age range
If I had a Valentine, I’d spend it with someone watching the sunset, then going on a picnic or a stroll, hand in hand. – female, 13 – 15 age range
I don’t think about that. I’m just a kid. I’ll wait til I get older then I’ll deal with it. School and my classmates are already hard enough. – female, age 9
I hope I have time to grow up. Until then, I’m just going to be a kid. No dating til I’m older. My parents are my Valentines. – female, age 10
I’ll be spending it alone. It’s just another day. – male, 16 – 17 age range
Going to the movies on a double date – male, 18 – 19 age range
Guys and Girls, age 20s to 40s, what is your way of spending Valentine’s Day, whether it is with yourself or others?
I like to spend Valentine’s Day learning about the history of Valentine’s Day and acknowledging other couples and their histories. – female, 30 – 35 age range
I’m going to spend it watching the sunset with my boyfriend then gazing into the sky to look for the planets Mercury and Mars. – female, 20 or 21 age range
I would do what I can to have a good time. I don’t do the same thing every year. – male, 22 – 25 age range
Alone, wallowing listlessly in the sea of anguish and bewailing the loss of my faithful galley that hath been sunk by cruel Fate. – male, 20 or 21 age range
Guys and Girls, age 50s and older, what is your way of spending Valentine’s Day, whether it is with yourself or others?
I am old enough to not consider it a serious holiday, so it means nothing but discounted candy on the 15th. – male, age 50
With my husband, we find something different to do every year just for the two of us – female, age 50
When I was younger in my junior year of high school, my high school had a program activity where you could purchase single roses for people and tell them a special message in the school newspaper for ten cents per word. I bought roses for all my friends I wanted to buy roses for and wrote special messages in them including the letters HVD for Happy Valentine’s Day.
I hope you all have a happy and a safe Valentine’s Day. Remember, it isn’t always about the romance. True love is special in and of itself. Don’t waste the day, even if it’s just another day. Treasure yourself and each other. Many have been robbed of this opportunity to experience another day, so let’s enjoy this extra day we’ve been given.