Valentine’s Day: Celebrate with more than your significant other

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 3.44.37 PMSo what if Valentine’s Day is just some goofy holiday made up by the card companies or the candy companies or someone’s great aunt Sally. It’s still a day to share your love, and to me, that trumps holding a grudge against the day.

I get how it can be an annoying day if you’re single, but I don’t think that’s a reason to shrug off celebrating. It is my strong belief that you do not need to be in a relationship to participate in activies on February 14. Why can’t you spend the day with friends, family, co workers, pets or others who you enjoy being around and care about?

This year, my significant other and I ended up going out with our group of friends instead of spending yet another day one on one. We do that every day. Why not do something with others on this particular day?

It happened on accident really. We made reservations to go to dinner, just the two of us, at the Boathouse in Forest Park. This is the first time we’ve ever made reservations to go on a date, so it was kind of fancy and exciting. However, as if it just weren’t meant to be, the same day we made the reservations, the restauraunt caught fire. The next day we recieved the call that all reservations have been cancelled. It just wasn’t in the cards for us to have a romantic evening out. What we ended up doing was quite the opposite, and really more our pace anyway.

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 3.44.52 PMWe didn’t follow up with any other plans for about a week. It really wasn’t a big deal to us if we ended up just staying in and watching movies. At least we’d save some money and still be in one another’s company. We didn’t do that though. About a week or two before, we went to dinner with some friends. We were all chatting and started to talk about what everyone was doing for Valentine’s Day. No one really had any solid plans. I made a joke along the lines of, “Screw it, we’re going to Fast Eddies!” Fast Eddies is a large bar in Alton, IL where they serve steak on a stick and 99 cent burgers. Not a fancy Valentine’s date in the least. My joke turned into our little group actually going there that night. It was a better decision than just the two of us spending who knows how much at the Boathouse, but instead spending $7 on two steak on a sticks – aka a Big Elwood – and downing cheap beer all night. And we got to spend it with a good group of people. We later moved to a piano bar in town called the Ragin Cajun where the girls and I danced while the boys hung out on the balcony. That balcony was the death of one friends cold beer. I accidently bumped into him and the beer went splat on the dance floor. I’m just thankful no one was standing where it dropped. That was our cue to head out.

So, the point of my little story is that I like Valentine’s Day. Sue me. I like to spend it with the people whose company I enjoy, and I like to share the sentiment amongst all those I care about, not just my significant other.

So stop being a Valentine’s Day snob, and share the love maaaaaan.

PS: Gifts don’t need to be super snazzy either. The beer photo is what I got my boyfriend because you can never have too much beer with a touch of love. And guys, always get chocolate and flowers and you’re golden!

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