Spare me the sappy love story details

Shannon Kuhfuss
City Times

If I get asked what plans I have for Valentine’s Day one more time, I swear I’m going to track Cupid down myself and tell him where he can shove those arrows.
I’m aware the only reason I’m being asked what I’m going to be doing is because the individual asking probably has some Cinderella-esque plans that they are just dying to rub in my face.
Who are we trying to fool here? Good for you that you’re happy. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support your joy.
Please don’t try to regurgitate your plans to me like mama bird to the baby bird.
You’re not going to get an “OOOOOO, AAAHHH!” out of me in regards to your perfect night.
Chances are I’m laughing to myself because I know that Valentine’s Day usually turns out to be a huge bust to those who dwell too much on it.
Instead of wreaking your brains to find the perfect gift/night for your significant other, how about treating him/her well all year round? What a strange concept!
Don’t put all of your efforts into one day when you could, I don’t know, appreciate your loved one all the time.
Too much pressure gets put on people to live up to the standards of the perfect Valentine’s Day.
By the time it gets that built up, it’s usually a complete flop anyway and you go to bed questioning why you’re still with your partner.
I’m also sick of the “ladies night!” because all that turns into is a larger group of intoxicated chicks crying to each other about being alone rather than dealing with it individually.
Just because I may be feeling lousy about my current relationship or lack thereof doesn’t mean five other lonely ladies feeling the same way will make me feel any better.
Whether I am single or in a relationship, I do not see Valentine’s Day as a holiday that needs to be observed.
I think looking back at my track history that I have had better Valentine’s Days when I am single and keeping myself busy or distracted with something else.
Past boyfriends had been extreme failures when it came to this day. Something would always go awry after I had already expressed me disinterest in the Hallmark holiday. All it did was make me think, “I’m with you because..?” and it would all go south from there.
So lovers and haters enjoy your day of mixed emotions. I’ll be a girl in the corner with the headphones on completely ignoring you.

Shannon Kuhfuss is City Times’ opinion editor

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Spare me the sappy love story details