Not Much Love for Day of Love!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

ith Valen­tine’s Day around the cor­ner our STAR team took to the streets to find out what the day of love re­ally means for Saint Lu­cians. We met dozens of peo­ple, all with vary­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to share, and, well, we’ll let you judge for your­self what the gen­eral con­sen­sus was on the in­ter­na­tional jour de l’amour! I went to school in An­tigua and I re­mem­ber a week prior to Valen­tine’s Day we each had to write our name on a piece of pa­per and drop it into a hat. We would then dip to find out who our Valen­tine was des­tined to be! I thought of the per­fect gift to give my Valen­tine: it was pricey but it was a big, square box filled with Fer­rero Rocher choco­lates and, back then, they were my ab­so­lute favourite. If you haven’t fig­ured out the whole rea­son as to why I got the big box of choco­lates for my Valen­tine, it’s be­cause I wanted some as well! I eyed it all day just so that I could see when he would fi­nally open it and of­fer me some. Well, let’s just say at that time I wish I had never got­ten that as a gift for him as I got none. Ah well – Happy Valen­tine’s Day! Valen­tine’s Day is the day to spend money on a lady, that’s about all. Valen­tine’s is not for men, it’s for men to go out and buy the ladies roses. I guess when you’re younger it’s all for your loved ones but ba­si­cally Valen­tine’s Day is all for the ladies.

--- Ray­mond

Valen­tine’s Day used to have mean­ing when I was in school be­cause you’ll al­ways have a lit­tle girl you’re friends with, but now noth­ing. And it’s more for Amer­i­cans I think; it’s not as cel­e­brated in England as it is in the States. It’s also com­mer­cial so Saint Lu­cians like it. I have a funny past mem­ory of Valen­tine’s Day. There was a girl I liked for a very long time and I waited for this par­tic­u­lar day to talk to her and buy her choco­lates but when I asked her out she re­sponded, “Oh no! I’m taken.” I didn’t even know what to say af­ter that.

--- Ju­nior

I don’t re­ally par­tic­i­pate in the buy­ing and the gift-giv­ing kind of thing but it’s still cool for those who like it. I don’t have any mem­o­ries of Valen­tine’s Day, as I never re­ally liked it so I never paid at­ten­tion to it.

--- Jo

Valen­tine’s is the day where you should show love to oth­ers, not just ro­man­tic love but also fa­mil­iar love, pla­tonic love, love to your friends and fam­ily, to your neigh­bours. I have a funny and weird Valen­tine ex­pe­ri­ence: back school I de­cided to do some­thing un­usual, so I wrote a poem about pota­toes, and how they and love ba­si­cally go hand in hand. I went around the school with my friends and we gave out pota­toes with the poem; we started shar­ing the potato love around. It was ac­tu­ally kind of a hit be­cause the next year peo­ple started do­ing it on their own. I’m not sure if peo­ple are still do­ing it.

--- Ke­shan




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