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February 13, 2012

My Name is Kari, and I Hate Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 5:21 am

I know perfectly well that it’s a cliche to hate Valentine’s Day.  Worse, it’s a cliche that everyone expects from me, as I am, in fact, a thirty-seven-year-old single lady.  I should point out that I don’t hate Valentine’s Day because I am a thirty-seven-year-old single lady.  I hate it because it is fun to hate it.  I expect it’s much more fun than it is to participate in it.

I mean, come on:  you’re expecting me to believe that you actually look forward to a day on which couples obsess over making everything perfect?  Is it really enjoyable to spend hours looking for a piece of jewelry that says “I am very fond of you” without adding “and I think we should get married relatively soon”?  Do you look forward to dissolving into tears because you couldn’t get a reservation wherever?  Is this actually a necessary part of your life?

I’m sure some couples have fun on Valentine’s Day.  I’m also sure that even more secretly long for it to be over.  As for us supposedly sad, lonely singles:  why should we care?  It gets the schmoopsy couples out of our hair for one night, and the next day, there’s half-price chocolate at Shoppers.

I plan to spend Valentine’s Day marking, mostly because I plan to spend every day this week marking.  I’ll also probably edit part of an MBA thesis and update a lecture on sitcoms.  Then I’ll burn some sparkly pink hearts and chase nuzzling couples around Toronto with a laser.  All in all, it will probably be quite a good day.

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4 Comments »

  1. Just discovered the comment system. First of all, thanks a lot for making WoB, it is my favourite webcomic!

    As for Valentine’s Day, there must exist a better way of celebrating the Patron Saint of bees and plague, I agree. But I find that post-Valentine chocolate is generally of rather poor quality, at least over here: cheap it may be, but I cannot gather much enthusiasm for it…

    Comment by Pietro — February 13, 2012 @ 7:34 am

  2. Hey, I could use those sparkly pink hearts over here for the necklace I’m working on! 🙂

    Comment by mimi — February 13, 2012 @ 9:52 am

  3. Huh. None of the relationships I’ve been in ever involved doing anything for Valentine’s day. It makes more sense to do stuff when other people won’t be doing it too, right? I mean, getting married on a Saturday in mid-May is the best way to spend a lot more money than necessary on your wedding. That’s why we visit cities in winter and mountains in summer, and also why we don’t go to the restaurant on That Day. Actually, we’ll be working. (But I do enjoy the cheap chocolate that comes afterwards.)

    Comment by Roeslein — February 13, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  4. Thanks, Pietro. That makes me feel all happy and squooshy.

    Here in Canada, we get some decent half-priced chocolate. It’s not of made-by-hand-in-the-back-of-the-shop-in-which-it’s-sold quality, but Shoppers carries some pretty tasty stuff.

    Mimi: take my hearts…please.

    Roeslein: sane couples don’t do Valentine’s Day. Isn’t it nice to know that you’re sane?

    Comment by wobtalk — February 13, 2012 @ 1:06 pm


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