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To Love or Not to Love

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Valentine’s Day is waking up to the fresh scent in the air is the smell of fresh roses. The aroma of sweet heart-shaped chocolates and freshly dipped chocolate covered strawberries welcomes one to the love-filled day. From being a little kid to going up to a teenager and beyond, Valentine’s Day has a new meaning every time. To receiving little goodies, stuffed animals, chocolate, and flowers, to getting necklaces and rings, Valentine’s day is the day to show and express the love.

During the elementary school years, Valentine’s Day was the day a child would focus on friendships, giving everyone a little something. Each classmate would take time to create the best valentine’s box or bag they possibly could. Shades of reds, pinks, and even purples light up the classroom; glitter and glue is on every desk. The hours of work put in to pick out the right valentine for all the right people is finally worth it. Spongebob Squarepants, Hello Kitty or High School Musical valentine cards were always popular in grade school. Little cheesy sayings such as “Valentine, we go together like cookies and milk” or “Don’t go BACON my heart! I couldn’t if I FRIED” were just enough to brighten up someone’s day. Children would walk from desk to desk, placing the valentine with love, care and hope that they’ll love the little gift. The very best part was coming back to the desk and seeing all of the valentines filled with candy, knick-knacks, and cheesy sayings. A.J. Golembeski (12) had different feelings about Valentine’s Day. “I would always skip Valentine’s Day and hang out with my mom. The next day I would go to school and eat all my valentines from my classmates, but I would never get anything for them.” Sometimes it is not about receiving all of the little treats and goodies, but it’s about spending time with someone who truly matters.

During high school, Valentine’s Day begins to mean more in the sense of love. Boyfriends and girlfriends buy one another little gifts and go out to special dinners. Food seems to be in the right category to win a girl’s heart. Morgan Hopp (12) works at Riverside Bakery in Mchenry. “Around Valentine’s Day we start to make heart-shaped sugar cookies with red or pink frosting. We also begin to decorate our doughnuts with heart-shaped sprinkles.” Riverside Bakery was extremely busy as Fat Tuesday was the day before Valentine’s Day along with Ash Wednesday. All kinds of donuts and cookies decorated to perfection sell out quickly when holidays come around. A restaurant in the area, Crystal Lake’s Georgio’s Pizza, annually make heart-shaped deep dish pizzas. A week before Valentine’s Day they begin to sell frozen heart shaped pizzas for pick up. On Valentine’s Day the restaurant sells dine in smallheart-shapedd deep dish pizzas to all the different couples and families. Georgio’s worker Megan Garber said her favorite part was “bringing the heart-shaped deep dishes to couples at tables and watching their reactions.” Valentine’s Day is a busy day for restaurants, especially Georgio’s, old and young couples fill the restaurant along with many families. Young love during high school sometimes seems to be the best love out there, but nothing compares the love a parent has for their child.

Valentines Day isn’t only for couples and young children; friends and family also play a role in this holiday. Parents surprise their children with chocolate-covered strawberries, gift cards, stuffed animals, and many other things. This year’s big theme was Galentine’s Day.  Galentine’s day is for ladies to meet up or hang out and spend the night with each other rather than spending it with a gentleman. Many friends also get valentines for one another. Addie Fortin (12) stated, “My best friend got me a ton of valentines, socks, and chocolates. It was the best valentine I’ve ever received.” Valentine’s Day is meant to show and express the love to family and friends rather than just couple love.

Valentine’s Day is a day for love: love for your partner, friends, and family. Looking back at elementary years, the red and pink colors, the desks full of candy and love notes, will always be in the back of everyone’s minds. Fancy dinner dates, receiving flowers and chocolates begins to be the new valentine’s trend as the years go on. Valentine’s Day is all about showing love, care and affection to those who are important in someone’s life. As time moves on, Valentine’s Day changes and brings a new special meaning to everyone.

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