At the risk of sounding like a bitter broad, I have to confess: I hate Valentine's Day. In my heart of hearts, I think Valentine's Day is just another money scam.
My dislike started in kindergarten when we had to buy boxes of those stupid little cards and then pass them out to the class. Fast forward to my high school years when carnations and roses were sold as fundraisers for Valentine's Day. Unhappily, I remember lots of thorns; no flowers. At least with bake sales, I had cake to eat.
Here are my bottom-line reasons for disliking Valentine's Day.
1. Deadlines. I face deadlines in so many areas of my life. Why do I need another deadline for mailing cards and saying: I Love You?
2. Emotional extortion: Valentine's Day is another shake-down holiday where money spent is often equated with loved extended.
3. Holiday shopping hangover: I'm still delivering December Holiday '06 presents to my extended family. Valentine's Day makes me feel really behind schedule.
4. Past ghosts: I have depressing memories of past disappointments on Valentine's Day. I don't like the yearly reminder of past heartaches.
5. Cherry center chocolates: I don't like mystery chocolates in red shiny boxes, especially the bonbons filled with red squishy syrup.Yuck! But if you have to buy me candy, buy me Godiva truffle chocolates in the gold box. Thanks.
6) The Pretty Woman Factor: I liked Richere Gere and Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman. But the concept of money for love on Valentine's Day or any other day is a little, well, cheap.
Bottom Line: I believe in money; I believe in love. But the two are separate accounts.
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