Monday, February 14, 2011

Lovey Dovey Day.

In other words, the day on which every couple brings their mushy level to just under "intolerable", everyone eats piles and mountains of candy (whether that action is induced by infatuation or frustration), and we listen to songs about love all day long.
No wonder everyone loves Valentine's Day!
Okay, maybe that's just a BIT sarcastic coming from me, but I do think that it's a good day to celebrate. Love is important, people, and although we should be sharing it every day, today's our one day to really... commercialize it.
Yeah, that's the spirit.

Well, it's a tradition at my high school to deliver "Singing Valentines"- one minute songs sung by our very own choir- to your loved ones, friends, and people that you want to embarrass. Statistically speaking, since there are only 300 delivered, and there are around 2,600 students at the school, less than 1/6 of the school will receive them.
Actually, even LESS than less than 1/6, because the couples usually buy multiple cards for their significant other... I guess it's romantic and cute to be sung to every single period of your day? Who am I kidding. It's cute.
And I'll be honest with you. If I got 6 each year, I probably wouldn't be grumpy. If I got one each year I'd probably not be grumpy... old maid, that's me.

A few pictures of the embarrassing goodness that is a Singing Valentine. Whether it's a group of boys dressed in slightly questionable boxer shorts, or a group of "nerds" (and there were some girl groups too, I just didn't get any pictures!), the experience is fun for the whole class.

If you'd like to experience your own SV, one of the groups kindly made them accessible to the general public!
Here.

BUT-
Valentine's Day isn't just about sweets and boyfriends and girlfriends and Singing Valentines, no matter what image Hollywood and consumerism puts in our heads.

It's about love.
REAL love.

I see love in the heart-shaped balloons that my dad buys for me and my brother every single Valentine's Day that I can remember.
I see love in the stew that my mom spends all day preparing for us to eat as a family for dinner.
I see love in my family and my friends every day- true love.


Make every day (not just Valentine's Day) worth it.
Show your loved ones that you love them, and hold them dear.

6 comments:

Candice said...

What a fun tradition to have at your school, and that video was awesome! :) They were good!
I totally agree with you, it is truly about real love, and that can be found everyday. :) Hope your Valentine's Day was just splendid, Allison!

Nancy Face said...

Singing Valentines? Wow, that's amazing! I'd love to see those in real life! But pants might be better than boxers, haha! :D

Nancy Face said...

I love what your dad and mom do for you and your brother! :)

My very favorite thing about Valentine's Day was the family candlelight dinner we all had together the night before! We ate too much yummy food and drank sparkling grape juice, and just sat there at the candlelit table for the longest time after we were done eating, laughing and talking and laughing some more! It was awesomespice! Yes, true love is in our families! ♥

samnhal said...

I can't believe they get away with doing that in boxer shorts. No way that would have been allowed in my high school. That's a nice idea though, to be sung to.

Karm said...

I love valentine's day.
I bought the boys lil vday grams and delivered them myself (:
I might have also ate a few cupcakes from them (:

Nicole... given said...

those cupcakes look AmAzInG