Real Stories of Love
Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. Every year, the Hallmark-haters and angry single folks gang up on the holiday with, really, some excellent complaints.
It’s the same issue we face with every holiday. The enjoyment of [insert holiday here] is very nearly ruined by the bombardment of advertisements that use [insert holiday here] as a vehicle to sell whatever thing, no matter how far they’re stretching to relate it to [insert holiday here].
It’s like Easter or Christmas, except now it’s all tied in with how your love life is going, and that is a very touchy subject.
If you’re single, you may not want to hear about all of the fun things you could be doing, if only you could find someone to love. If you’re in a relationship, you may not want to hear about all of the fun things you should be doing, just because you’ve found someone to love.
Which is why I totally get why people hate Valentine’s Day. It’s alienating for people without dates, and it asks too much of people with dates.
But if you can clear your head of all the cloying jewelry ads and take it back to basics, it may be the best holiday ever. This is a whole day to celebrate
lingerie diamonds chocolate LOVE.
And that means every kind of love, past and present.
So make a valentine for your mom. Drink champagne by yourself, because it tastes really good. Play with your dog. Take a moment to remember the awkward moments before your first kiss. Remember how it felt to have a physically painful high school crush. The kind where the dude makes one comment about how you have nice handwriting and, after your heart splinters into a million tiny pieces, you write down exactly what he said on a secret page in your notebook and then tell everyone you know about how he’s probably in love with you.
Enjoy today in whatever way makes you happiest.
What got me thinking about the lovely side of Valentine’s Day was, unexpectedly, Google.
Google teamed up with This American Life host Ira Glass to make today’s Valentine’s-themed doodle, which celebrates love in a really nice way.
The message stamped onto each candy heart matches the real story that plays when you click on it. From funny and awkward to sweet and poignant, each story encapsulates one of the many ways we experience love. It’s really, well, lovely.
The stories on Google’s site can all be listened to in under five minutes, but if you like ‘em, there’s more where that come from in the “Valentine Sampler of Radio Stories” on This American Life's own site.