The Value of a Valentine
By Ange Loiseau
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, some people are excited and just can’t wait long enough for the day to arrive while others are indifferent and plan on treating the day like any other regular day.
There are numerous opinions as to how Valentine’s Day really came about. The romantic holiday, which falls on February 14, has often been associated with the Catholic feast day which took place in order to celebrate Saint Valentine. Another explanation states Roman gave their lives that day to preserve Christianity.
According to the Greeting Card Association, Valentine’s Day is the second-biggest holiday for the card industry (Christmas being the first). It is estimated that one billion cards are purchased.
Most QC students have their opinions on romance. Antoinette Quinones, a junior, states, “I love Valentine’s Day, I love the whole romance, getting gifts and the special time to be recognized.” Twenty-two years and three children later, Quinones admits that her and her husband still try to outdo each other when it comes to exchanging gifts, although he always wins.
Single people seem to enjoy Valentine’s Day just as well as couples. Vera Reytsins, a happily single student says that she has always wanted a valentine except that she usually breaks up with her boyfriends prior to the holiday. Nonetheless she admits, “Valentine’s Day is cute. I like it and being single doesn’t change that.”
However, some people choose not to celebrate the holiday because of their religious beliefs, while others claim that it is no longer about the celebration of love as much as it is a celebration of expensive gifts, and as a result they wish to take no part in it.
“I have come to dislike Valentine’s Day as much as Christmas because of the simple fact that it is all about gifts. Not just any gifts but expensive gifts,” declares freshman George Lamadillas.
Not everyone is concerned with the price tags attached to their presents. Some people choose to give gifts which have sentimental value. Senior Claudia Martinez says that on Valentine’s Day she looks forward to playing games with her boyfriend of five years, and that it is really not about the cost of a gift. “We don’t focus on the money because that takes away the value of Valentine’s Day.”