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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 14, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Valentine’s Day

Luring laziness

Saturday is Valentine’s Day, a holiday in which people celebrate love, but also a day that upsets many men. Why is it that a lot of us hate this day?

Why is it that we don’t feel the same way for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? One could argue that both holidays are made up too, and that corporations are making money from the love we have for our parents, just as they are from Valentine’s Day.

I too believe that it is a made-up holiday, but I don’t think giving flowers to my girlfriend is a bad idea.

I think the reason we don’t like Valentine’s Day is because we are lazy. We just don’t want to make an effort to buy a gift or plan an evening.

But, we don’t need to do a “corporate” celebration of Valentine’s Day: dinner, flowers and fancy gifts. We just need to show that we care. Doing something we might not enjoy for one day out of 365 is not the end of the world.

So, let’s not make any excuses; let’s show that we care. Happy Valentine’s Day!

— Carlos Rascon, Everett

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