Valentine's Day Survival Guide

 

Valentine's Day Survival Guide
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO - I

f the thought of
V
alentine's
D
ay has you choking and sputtering
,
you're not alone
,
studies show singles and couples across the country dread the 14th of
F
ebruary.

I
n fact the very history of
V
alentine's
D
ay is steepe
d
in mystery and violence.

S
o what do folks today
,
really say about this most
"
romantic
"
of days?

It appears to depend on who

you talk to.
M
ost couples in love look forward to
V
alentine's
D
ay
,
but quite a few singles say it's just a lot of hype.

S
o, how do you plan on making it through the 14th?
We put the question to you, and also came up with a
survival guide of sorts.

"I
think it's pretty commercialized
,
it's a lot of hype
;
E
very business has something on
V
alentine's
D
ay on their sign
," one single woman laments.

T
hose signs go a long way in attracting the attention of couples.

"After all e

veryone should take a little time out for each other sometimes
," one married man says.

B
ut if you're single should you forget all about the flowers, and candy
,
even those heart shaped balloons
,
your co-worker might end up getting?

F
lorist
S
haron
Bo
denstein says no way.
S
he says many singles often send themselves flowers.

But, d

o they admit to it?

"N

o. But when they write the card to the
m
selves and it goes to the
m
selves you pretty well know
," Bodenstein points out.

C
ounselor
J
eff
J
ohnston says that's okay, but you cross the line when you send yourself gifts pretending someone else sent them.

"V

alentine's
D
ay can be celebrated as a day of giving and reaching out to others
. W
e are self absorbed
a
lot of the time so if we can work on reaching out to other people it takes the focus off of us
," he says.

"M

y girlfriends and
I
are going out
, we're going to celebrate the fact that we're single and we don't care!" Andrea McEntire of Cape Girardeau says.

Along with Anti-Valentine's Day bashes,
witty messages and funny comments also make
A
nti
-V
alentine's
D
ay cards popular.

Su

prisingly enough,
however,
some people say you don't have to be single to dread the expectations the 14th presents.

"I

t's a made up holiday to get people to shop come out and spend money
," one man told Heartland News, but then added, he had to buy his wife a gift, because he was after all married.

C

ounselors also say pamper yourself if no one else will.

M

aybe make a date to go to a spa and get a massage
,
or take your family out to dinner.

O
n another note
,
counselors
say if you expect something from your partner
,
don't be afraid to talk about it.
A
fter all honesty will get you everywhere!