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Family & Relationships Why being anti-Valentine’s Day doesn’t make you anti-love

13:45  14 february  2020
13:45  14 february  2020 Source:   harpersbazaar.co.uk

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But like me, while they may be anti - Valentine ’ s Day , they are not anti - love . Their gestures of romantic love have set the bar very high. Dad doesn ’ t buy mum gifts. Instead, he does incredibly sweet, always quite weird small things. Things that require thought, that nobody else could or would ever

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Kristen Wiig standing next to a woman: Valentine's Day has nothing to do with romance - Caroline Ferry explains what love really looks like now © Rex Valentine's Day has nothing to do with romance - Caroline Ferry explains what love really looks like now

We are, without question, taught romance by our parents. Mine aren’t Valentine’s Day people, that’s for sure. They’ve never sent each other a card or given each other flowers or chocolates, at least not in the three decades I’ve been around. But, like me, while they may be anti-Valentine’s Day, they are not anti-love. Their gestures of romantic adoration have set the bar very high.

My dad doesn’t buy my mum gifts. Instead, he does incredibly sweet, always quite weird, small things. Things that require thought, that nobody else could or would ever conceive. There was the time my mother was returning home after a long work trip overseas; he repainted all the walls in the garden and garage and wrote the date of her return in wet cement on the garage floor. He actually did this again on another occasion, creating a plaque on the garden wall with a subsequent return date, which also had all our hands imprinted into it. Because her coming home to him was worth setting in stone.

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Maybe you ’re anti - valentine or have a broken heart than you may want to show your sad feelings or say something against love then express your feelings Happy Valentine ’ s Day ! Dear Alcohol… Will you be my valentine? To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. I know why I am single.

Then, more recently, after mum went to Johannesburg for six weeks, he hung a homemade paper calendar in the front window, crossing off each day because he thought that the neighbours would think her arrival home was as important as he did. It looked like an advent calendar - she was his Christmas. But mention February 14th in our house and you’ll be met with a lot of eye rolling.

So, there is some underlying bias there. Regardless, I do think that one makes up their own mind about these things, and in my adult life I have formed some very particular feelings about Valentine’s Day, too. I will caveat this argument by explaining that having spent the majority of my twenties single, and so far the entirety of my thirties not-single, my feelings remain the same; my despair at Valentine’s Day has been perhaps my most consistent, enduring opinion of the last decade.

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Why is there so much hate for a day that celebrates this thing called love ? In fact, Wallace thought Valentine ’ s Day was romantic when she was a kid and she couldn’t wait “[ Valentine ’ s Day ] certainly doesn ’ t appeal to single and singles are a fast growing segment of our population,” O’Reilly says.

Anti - Valentine ' s Day Quotes. For the Cynic in You . Love is in the air and in Hallmark's bank. Look around you on Valentine ' s Day —every retailer is cashing in on the romance. If you 're single, however, it can be a reminder of the partnership you don' t currently have, making the holiday frankly

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Leaving aside the fact that the holiday itself has questionably bloodied origins (it dates back to an ancient Roman time when Emperor Claudius executed two men, both called Valentine, on 14 February - the same period during which the brutal mating festival of Lupercalia used to take place), there are no less than three strong arguments to make as to why this day feels so bizarre to me. And I suspect to many others too.

First is the idea of it being someone’s big day, a special day. I have always found receiving gifts incredibly uncomfortable. The same goes for holding birthday celebrations. The worst part for me is the night before the day-of-gift-receiving. Birthday or Valentine’s Eve, if you will. Going to bed that night knowing your friend, boyfriend, sister, whoever is close by, is in another room in a tangle of sellotape wrapping something up, while you pretend to be utterly oblivious, as if you’d totally forgotten what date tomorrow is. The theatre of it all is just too much to bear; it feels so unnatural and planned. There is a simmering sweetness in an unexpected gift or a simple considerate thought - platonic or otherwise. It's the reason why that Sex and the City scene in which Carrie runs to a lonely Miranda on New Year's Eve strikes such a chord. And why we feel warm at the sight of Chris O'Dowd's character turning up for Kristin Wiig's Annie after her best friend's wedding in Bridesmaids, thinking she might need cheering up.

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I'll be making anti - Valentine ' s Day comments while simultaneously showering myself with self loathing. You 're the Valentine ' s Day Wannabe! You will not stand for love and happiness for anyone else if you cannot have it yourself, and you will stop at no lengths to make sure every social media

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That brings me on to reason number two. Why is there a set date to celebrate love and romance? Scheduling anything as joyful as love is grim; that level of routine and predictability is just not compatible with the modern, adventurous woman. There’s no good reason why you shouldn’t have everything you want, whenever you want it. Apart from breakfast wine - I do actually draw the line there. Perhaps that’s why Valentine’s Day has always seemed incredibly strange to me. Why on earth wouldn’t people in love just tell each other every day? And why would you ever choose to go out for dinner when you can’t just have anything you like from the menu? Surely set menus are only to be tolerated at weddings, when anything else would be sheer pandemonium?

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Valentine’s Day’s final failing is that it has made the mistake of becoming too much of a showman, a little big for its own (probably red) boots. Be it sisterly solidarity or of the romantic, head-over-heels variety, pretty early on what we learn about love it that the quieter it is, the more it means. If you’ve spent most of your life being single, being brought coffee in bed on any day, but particularly on a ‘special day’ is actually just strange and arbitrary. Letting me off the hook when it is undisputedly my turn to do the washing-up but my hangover has rendered me incapable? Wow. A hastily-bought Paperchase card doesn’t give me butterflies, even if it has been bought by the person I want to grow old with. But when your newly-single friend’s diary is bursting with options for her first solo Valentine’s Day because every one of her friends have just so happened to make plans with her that evening, ‘not even realising’ what day it was? That’s real romance. Pure, kind, generous love.

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Anti , snickering: my perfect Valentine ’ s Day ? i’m at home, three phones in front of me, fielding desperate calls from forgetful people who want to buy one of the 50 restaurant reservations i made over 6 months Gryffindor: "I think I could make you very happy." Slytherin: " Why ? Are you leaving?"

Anyway, v day is all about love and how you show it. sounds good, right? As much as I support feminism and consider it extremely important, it' s also pretty anti -feministic to assume Valentines day , as with most holidays, is what you make of it. I would like to have sex with my boyfriend on vday

That's the kind of love I’m hoping to stay wrapped up in for the rest of my days – love that brings home wine and burritos after a tough day, or lets you be there for them when they need you the most. That sort of power can’t be pinned down to a date in my Smythson. Noisy, showy, predictable old February 14th just isn’t when that sort of magic happens.

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