Every year, this holiday comes around and I feel torn between,
"Yay! I have someone! And that guy is a wonderful husband and father and puts up with my foul language when the car gets stuck in snowdrifts! Where's my red sweater?"
and the way I experienced Valentine's Day for many, many years, which was,
"Blech, I'll wear only black all day in protest of this stupid holiday that makes every 'single' person feel desperate and inadequate on some level."
Ironically, the people who need chocolate the most on this day are the ones least likely to receive a satin heart full of it. At least it'll all be on sale tomorrow.
There's a third group: who don't have someone but who are still hopeful or confident that they will have someone one day. Most little kids fall into this category; my kindergarteners have that excited thrill that comes before people realize that life will crush your soul before it kills you.
Let's designate them, oh, I don't know: pink.
So post your feelings in the comments: are you RED, BLACK, or PINK this Valentine's Day?
On a fun note, check these "Scientific Valentines" out: http://www.ironicsans.com/2008/02/idea_scientist_valentines.html
Thanks to Suzanne for the link!