Valentine’s Day: Roundtable Discussion

Valentines+Talk

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The Maroon Tribune Journalism Staff sat down to discuss Valentine’s Day: the traditions, the gifts, and elementary school memories. Are yellow flowers OK? Should everyone get candy? What about people not in relationships?

Fabiano:

The Wordle of the day was “whack.” So… is Valentine’s Day whack?

Alex:

I got some bad feelings about Valentine’s Day. I just think it’s stupid that you have a day to give people stuff. When, if you care about somebody, you’ll just give it to them when you feel like you want to give it to them.

Alex:

I feel like you shouldn’t be forced to do it other than two dates. Halloween and Christmas are the only two days you actually need to give somebody something. Because, it’s for the kids.

Josh:

I don’t like Valentine’s Day.

Kevin:

I don’t like it very much. And I feel like you’re single, I feel like there should be a single day for Valentine’s Day. Like a single person day. Because, not everybody’s in a relationship on Valentine’s Day.

Alex:

I feel like movie theaters should be decreased the cost for any single person. You should be able to get free popcorn and a free drink while you’re crying to your movie.

Fabiano:

What a great thought, if a movie theater, just all these single people showing up, getting their free popcorn and drink?

Alex:

No, it’s a great opportunity. It will make Valentine’s single male, single female, single guy, single guy, it doesn’t matter. You walk in there. You might not be walking out with somebody.

Sierra:

I think Valentine’s Day is cute. Whether you are dating someone or not.

Sierra:

Because, even if you’re not dating someone, you could do like a Galentine’s Day thing, like me and my friends, we always get together and bake and watch romcoms, and just have a fun time. Even if all of us are single.

Alex:

Do you watch Hallmark movies?

Marybeth:

I love Hallmark.

Sidney:

Even though they’re all the same, same plot, everything, they’re still good.

Alex:There’s like two types of people in this world. Ones that like Hallmark movies and Valentine’s Day, and then there’s the others. Why Hallmark? Why on Valentine’s Day?

Marybeth:

Because, you know you’re going to be happy after watching it.

 

Have you ever watched a Hallmark movie?

Alex:

I feel like it’s so bad.

Sidney:

The same feeling you get when you drink hot cocoa, and it’s like fire inside your body. 

Alex:

I would rather just go out and drink hot cocoa. I get 15 minutes of happiness over this hour and a half of pain.

Sierra:

Well, I feel like, yeah, there’s an occasion for telling the people around you how much you care about them. But, Valentine’s Day really forces you to reflect on the people you care about.

Sierra:

I don’t always tell my friends, and even my family sometimes, how much they mean to me.

Valentine’s gives me an occasion to go out of my way to say how much they mean.

Alex:

Why not just do that every day?

Sierra:

Well, sometimes I just don’t think about it, like telling my friends how much they’ve impacted my life. But Valentine’s Day, every single year, we always get together and do something. And, we just use it as a way to show each other that we love each other.

Alex:

You see your Galentine’s day is my every Friday night, so…

Fabiano:

So how many of you like to give cards or gifts, or receive them? How do you feel about giving flowers, receiving flowers, chocolate, chocolate cards, cards? What are some things that you like to do?

Alex:

I don’t give away Valentine’s candies. I just give away candy. Like, “Hey, you’re single? Here’s a Snicker’s bar.” It doesn’t have to be like, “I heart you,” on a terrible sugar candies that they give out. Give some good stuff, like some Snickers, or cake.

Josh:

I think it’s dumb. You’re wasting money for someone, that you probably not going to see in the future. It’s just a waste of money.

Kevin:

I got something to say about the flowers. So, some people give people yellow flowers. You got to stick to one color on Valentine’s Day. It’s got to be red. That’s it.

Sierra:

No, I disagree with that. I think you should give the person whatever flowers they want. Because personally, I don’t like roses. I like daisies or sunflowers.

Kevin:

They can be different colors… Not different color, just different flowers, but they have to be red.

Sierra:

Red flowers aren’t my favorite. I like yellow flowers.

Sidney:

I feel like Valentine’s say though, red flowers is the thing, or pink.

Sierra:

Pink, okay. Pink I understand.

Sidney:

Pink or white is the theme color of Valentine’s Day.

Kevin:

Yeah, but if you go off that chart, don’t talk to me.

Sierra:

Valentine’s Day to show and express how much you love someone, wouldn’t you give them something they love, even if it doesn’t fit the boundaries? Like if someone loves a tree, give them a tree. If someone loves Sour Patch Kids and not chocolate, you’re going to give them Sour Patch Kids. It’s all about choice.

Kevin:

Well, you can get them candies, but there’s a certain extent that you can go to. Like, I’m not going to sit here and bring somebody a tree on Valentine’s Day.

Sidney:

I feel like traditions have changed. Before, how many years ago, it was roses, heart shaped chocolates, whatever. Now it’s kind of whatever you want, you get. It doesn’t have a meaning to things anymore.

Hayden:

I just think that the main problem with Valentine’s Day as a holiday, is that people focus more on the holiday itself than what it’s supposed to be about.

Fabiano:

Yeah.

Hayden:

And, I know that there’s a lot of people with certain things that they might want to give to other people, but it should be more about the person you’re doing the things for, rather than the day that you’re doing it on. If that makes sense? Because I know, like you were mentioning about how flowers should be red, but why should flowers be red, if it’s about the person you’re giving them to, rather than the day that you’re giving it to them? It just doesn’t make sense.

Josh:

I think holidays are stupid, but if there was one day where you’re supposed to do something for someone you care about, I just rather spend the whole day with someone than waste a crap ton of money on stuff that’s going to go in the trash or thrown in the toilet.

 

Kevin:

Okay, so I feel like, something I want to say, is the fact that I miss going back to elementary school, whenever you used to pass out candies. That was just the best thing. And I don’t think anybody can top it.

Sierra:

I just got to talk about how I just think Valentine’s is so much more fun in elementary school, because everyone’s stressed about, “Oh, I need a date for Valentine’s Day. I’m single on Valentine’s Day.” .

Kevin:

Well, I feel like in elementary school… Okay, so this is going to sound crazy, but most people who are married in elementary school would be like, “Oh well, me and my husband or me and my wife [crosstalk 00:10:19] Valentine’s.” And I would be like, “You know what? No. Mm-mm (negative).”

Alex:

I used to specialize the cards that I’d give people. And all the guys would get a random one of either like teenage mutant Ninja Turtles or something like that. And all the girls got the pink cards.

Sierra:

See, I always liked decorating the boxes. That was my favorite, because it was like… I’m not an artsy person, so I’d always do it with my mom, and then my older siblings. So, it’s always the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. And we’d all decorate them together and just hang out at my house and make them, so that was always really fun.

Alex:

I remember Kung Fu Panda one year. It was really cool. Because, it had Po kicking out, and it was like his foot coming out. I remember. Those were so cool. That was probably the happiest I ever was.

Alex:

I always gave more to the peanut allergy kids too. I don’t know why. I felt really bad because they were missing out on peanut butter and stuff like that. I don’t know what it was, but my mindset’s like, “They’re going to have a great Valentine’s this year.” I always wanted to be the one to give them the best candy.

Sidney:

I was the opposite. I had beef with some of the girls in the class. So I’d be like, “No, you’re not getting it, you caused me enough damage. You are not getting a sucker.”

Sierra:

It’s Valentine’s Day, man.

Alex:

Love yourself.