Brea’s Rp 2 on Valentine’s Day
It was eight years ago that I had my rst experience with Valentine’s Day. I was in seventh grade, beaming with teenage naiveté and curiosity. I will always remember how this guy that I had had a crush on walked past me in the hallway, stopping brie y to literally drop a big peace of Toblerone chocolate in my arms, then running away with his friends, laughing.
Looking back, it was quite clear that the guy wasn’t boyfriend material. But at that moment, I was beyond happy. We’d spoken only twice in real life–that is if you count IM chat as real conversation. Anyway, his friend had told my friend that he liked me, to which my friend replied that the feeling was mutual. Needless to say, that Valentine’s Day, I was on Cloud Nine.
Despite our chocolate encounter, my crush and I never really managed to develop a relationship. Oh well, we never even went beyond making basic conversation. And so our “relationship” ended well before it ever began.
You see,Valentine’s Day is supposed to celebrate all the meaningful, loving relationships in your life, with people who care for you enough to treat you properly. My rst V-Day might have been okay for starry-eyed seventhgrader Brea, but as we mature, celebrating love should de nitely be more than a physical expression.
These days I welcome Valentine’s Day as a day of celebration of love and friendship. It’s a day to cherish the most meaningful relationships in my life, be they with my parents, siblings, best friends, and even teachers. My dogs count too. So Valentine’s Day makes a great excuse for fancy dinners when you’re dating someone, but the real meaning of the celebration shouldn’t stop there. If you’re like me, there’s just too much love inside my heart. I can’t help but spread. it This Valentine’s Day, let’s show the people (and pets!) we love how much we care about them. With that, I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! + Brea Salim
at Barnard The writer is a student
and College, Columbia University, author of Bright Eyes.