Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine correctness

When I was in school, kids would bring in Valentine cards to exchange with other kids in their class and sometimes with other classes as well.  There was a problem though.  It ended up being a popularity contest.  A new kid who wasn't known or the students who weren't as popular might not get any cards at all.  Instead they would have hurt feelings and would go home crying at the end of the day. 
 
These days some schools have a policy that if you bring Valentine cards in to exchange, there must be one for everyone.  Is it fair though to tell a child who he must give to?  Should the school even get involved?  What do you think?
 
It isn't just about the kids either.  There is s much pressure to remember Valentine's Day that some people try to outdo each other.  If there are four women in an office and one gets a huge bouquet from her husband, will the other three feel bad?  Will they think that their own partners have let them down because no gift comes or it there is one perhaps it is not as "showy."
 
Are you doing anything special for Valentine's Day tomorrow?  Has Valentine's Day become too commercial?  Is there something we should change?  How would it be if we celebrated love every single day?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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