Valentine's Day Survival Guide
By: CJ Cassidy
Cape Girardeau, MO - I
f the thought of
ay has you choking and sputtering
you're not alone
studies show singles and couples across the country dread the 14th of
n fact the very history of
ay is steepe
in mystery and violence.
o what do folks today
really say about this most
It appears to depend on who
you talk to.
ost couples in love look forward to
but quite a few singles say it's just a lot of hype.
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.
think it's pretty commercialized
it's a lot of hype
very business has something on
ay on their sign
," one single woman laments.
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.
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?
denstein says no way.
he says many singles often send themselves flowers.
o they admit to it?
o. But when they write the card to the
selves and it goes to the
selves you pretty well know
," Bodenstein points out.
ohnston says that's okay, but you cross the line when you send yourself gifts pretending someone else sent them.
ay can be celebrated as a day of giving and reaching out to others
e are self absorbed
lot of the time so if we can work on reaching out to other people it takes the focus off of us
," he says.
y girlfriends and
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
ay cards popular.
some people say you don't have to be single to dread the expectations the 14th presents.
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.
ounselors also say pamper yourself if no one else will.
aybe make a date to go to a spa and get a massage
or take your family out to dinner.
n another note
say if you expect something from your partner
don't be afraid to talk about it.