All About Valentine’s Day


Jenna Graziano, Staff Writer/ Media Production

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Many do not realize that it did not become a “love holiday” until the Middle Ages.  The tradition first started from the common belief in France and England that birds started their mating season on February 14.  It wasn’t until the 18th century that people started exchanging handmade cards with love notes inside.  Today, however, our society spends millions of dollars.  The stores are bursting with heart balloons, flowers, and chocolates.  Jewelry stores definitely experience an increase in sales due to the gift-giving of diamond earrings and engagement rings.  

Despite its original intent, people need to understand that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic couples.  It is a day for everyone!

Daniela Martinez, a senior, shares,  “Valentine’s Day is a day where you can express your love for people, just anyone special to you.”

This is a great week to spread kindness and show your loved ones and close friends that you care.  Tell a classmate that he/she looks great.   Give your friend some extra support.   Share a homemade or card with an original poem that speaks directly from your heart. How long has it been since you’ve talked to your extended family or friends?  Give them a call and talk for a couple minutes. 

Ann Twigg, one of our English teachers, graduated from college in 1986 and is still very close to her roommates.  They talk on the phone at least once every two weeks, sometimes more.

“Despite living in different states and having families, we plan at least two trips a year.  We always try to get together in January or February, calling it a Galentine Weekend.  We talk about what’s going on with our family, reminisce, and of course, shop!  We need to stay connected for close friends and family, especially during these trying times.” 

This is a great time to think about who really matters to you.  Of course, this would be a boyfriend or girlfriend, but do think of your family members, friends, teachers, coaches, etc.  You don’t realize how much a short, hidden compliment can lighten up someone’s life.