In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, I will be bringing you a full week of romance, starting Monday. Get your fine wine, chocolates, sappy movies, and Necco Sweethearts ready, because I’m coming at you with some L-O-V-E.
Disclaimer: Usually, I’m a bit cynical about this cupid and pink heart infested holiday, but in an effort to boost my positive karma, I’m going to dive in with enthusiasm and bring you seven days of Valentine’s Day inspired book recommendations, historical tidbits, share with you my favorite chocolate confections, and more.
Usually, this holiday is reserved for couples, and thus has always felt exclusionary to me, but in the interest of making Valentine’s Day more “single-friendly,” here are some words of wisdom that I will leave you with in an effort to make this holiday a bit more meaningful and tolerable: Love isn’t just between a man and a woman and isn’t just romantic. So maybe this year you can wear red and buy a box of chocolate because you are celebrating love in all of its forms: platonic love for your friends, familial love for your parents and siblings, canine love for your furry friends (I’m looking at you Cornflower), love for your significant other, or Eros. I am going to think about the holiday as one that doesn’t discriminate like some of our states’ marriage laws; candied hearts and flowers are for everyone, no matter what kind of love you have, celebrate, or believe in.
In this spirit, I hereby launch my week-long dedication. Look out Aphrodite, because here I come!